All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
The man with the barbed-wire soul.
Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and highly principled father, Homer. Hud's nephew Lon admires Hud's cheating ways, though he soon becomes aware of Hud's reckless amorality to bear him anymore. In the world of the takers and the taken, Hud is a winner. He's a cheat, but, he explains "I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner."
Martin Ritt's sobering, desolate neo-Western is a compelling tale of ranch life, generational conflict and the unchecked indulgence of sexual impulse. Based on Larry McMurtry's novel, a livewire Paul Newman is brilliant as the amoral antihero at its centre, merciless in his rejection of his principled father (a heart-rending Melvyn Douglas), neglectful of his impressionable and good-natured nephew (Brandon De Wilde) and casually abusive of their house-keeper (Patricia Neal). Though presented in a way that emphasises the virility that would seem to spur his increasingly wanton actions, often dressed in white vests and tight denim, this is no vainglorious depiction of desirable masculinity but rather an unforgiving glimpse at the selfish, rotting core of the displaced modern male, unable to…
No Country for Old Men '63? This was way darker and carried a far more conservative streak than I was expecting. At one point in HUD I'm fairly certain that generational malaise is made analogous to contagious disease in livestock. The inflicted cattle are rounded up in a ditch and summarily executed by gunmen wearing rain gear to protect from the splatter. I don't think Martin Ritt and collaborators would have chosen this imagery if they knew Kent State was less than a decade away, but as they are safely on the wrong side of the "don't trust anyone over 30" slogan, I wouldn't accuse them of insincerity in this powerfully sad depiction of change. The lesson of the incident…
A beautiful contrast of generations and morality featuring world-class performances by Newman, Douglass & Neal. Ritt's confident and steady direction coupled with James Wong Howe's staggering work fills out what is a simple yet impactful piece of cinema.
<3 Paul Newman <3
Do I have to say more????
My first young Newman film and boy what a performance...and those blue eyes...<3
The No Country For Old Men before the Coen Bros reached puberty...
Seriously, the moral complexities found here in this hard hitting family western drama are further reaching than I would have imagined for a film from the 60s. The writing is tightly wound, covering up any gaps that I began to question with ease, and adds depth with each passing scene.
The acting ensemble here is also impeccable, hard to find a fault in any of the performances - especially that of Paul Newman and Melvyn Douglas. I've read that audiences saw Newman's Hud as the hero of the film, when he's clearly made to be the anti-hero. But that's a testament to how well he was written and…
I have always felt Martin Ritt was a great, underrated, filmmaker. He made at least three classics, The Molly Maguires, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and, best of all, Hud. He also made a number of solid, unassuming efforts throughout the 1960s.
Hud showcases Paul Newman at his best. It is a magnificent performance. The tagline has it correct, he has barbed wire in his soul. It is probably my favourite performance he ever gave. A fearless and unsympathetic turn, but strangely charismatic. Yet he is matched at every turn by Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas. It is a testament to Ritt's assured direction that no scene is overplayed, yet every minute of the film is brutally…
I don't see people talking much about this film, but it seems to me like an essential movie to understand where american cinema was heading to. It seems to be lost in a spot between classical filmmaking and the aggressiveness and disillusionment of the new generation and it's the tension between these two distinct places that makes Hud such an intense and special film. One step more and you get "Two-Lane Blacktop" with cows and horses.
Late in HUD, Lonnie says, "Only if dirt is better than air." This divide, between air and dirt, between life and death, is constantly on display in James Wong Howe's compositions. The air is represented by a sky that's sometimes so white that we can only tell it's not because of the slight difference of gradation where clouds begin and end, and sometimes a foreboding pure black, maybe the purest I've ever seen in a film. The sprawling vistas that fill the frame represent freedom, yes, as they are so often used to in cinema (much as Hud's car does, as well, it's elongated chassis matching the Panavision frame nicely), but the frame still represents constraint; never before has Godard's…
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great film. didn't realize was contemporary. wonderful character study.
A study in hyper masculinity and generational gaps with beautiful cinematography and a fantastic leading performance by Paul Newman.
The cattle slaughtering scene was by far one of the hardest scenes to watch of any movie I've seen. Almost as hard as watching Hud destroy himself.
Martin Ritt's Hud aches with tension--sexual and otherwise. It's an acute study of parental love, generational divide, and class division. Paul Newman is fantastic at the center of it, making Hud a character who is cruel and heartless in the most human way. Each character bounces off his performance in interesting ways, and he enlivens the other actors. Oscar winners Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal both give understated, emotional performances that were deserving of their wins.
Perhaps Paul Newman's greatest film, the movie is a tale about a father with two sons one a drunken sociopath and the other a impressionable but well natured young man. The film is very riveting as the family undergoes various trauma and Hud (Newman's character) becomes increasingly dark.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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