Thematically dense treatment of sickness of the soul
When Alma says men are heels, Hud says "Don't go shooting all the dogs 'cause one's got fleas."
When the herd catches a virulent strain of foot-and-mouth disease, the state orders them shot to prevent a pandemic: "Your cows are public enemies now. We got to handle this fast before it spreads."
When young Lonnie looks up to and emulates Hud - a drop-dead handsome womanizer with a pink convertible and a…
One of the most bizarre and contradictory movies I've ever seen.
The Littlest Rebel is a progressive milestone. Shirley Temple and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson were the first interracial couple to dance on screen. In some southern states, they edited out any time the pairs hands touched.
But the movie clearly sympathizes with the South. Northern soldiers are shown ransacking houses and mistreating the Southern women and children and their loyal slaves. Shirley is so afraid of the Northern soldiers treat…
I was not expecting this to be so steeped in Tarkovsky: tracking shots of ruined buildings in rain (Stalker), the horse dropping its apples (Ivan's Childhood), Luo carefully carrying the lantern across the room and back (Nostalghia), the references to buildings burning down (Mirror, The Sacrifice), suddenly flying with a perspective shot and voice over (Andrei Rublev), all the railroad tracks and sounds (Stalker), the glass sliding off the table (Stalker), the use of rain and water (Solaris), the spinning…