Despite the rating, I am not necessarily Team Sturges as opposed to Team Leisen. Good Sturges script, just didn't really compare to Darling, How Could You!
The American Ordet. Considering that military vigilance replaced religion as the foundational myth of the American colonial experiment, then it follows that the miracle of provincial renewal isn’t life/death but civilian/soldier. God is in the military, but god’s grace is in civilianhood.
As a series of disparate musings on industrial decay, structural rot, civic mismanagement, teenage agency, death, loss, family, all these as self-fulfilling prophecy, and a genre morality ideated through finessed genre tropes and personal philosophy, this is very disparate, but so much as to be the survey and the total, untempered internalization of the filmmaker's carefully bred artistic personality (that is, "aesthetic personality") that it is. Hooper has always been something of a "shaggy dog" filmmaker, even when putting forth…
"It's much more complex than it seems. I tried to establish some kind of motif that carries throughout the show - sometimes that's actually more important than what you're actually showing. This has a lot to do with lights and shadows: it takes place in a single night, from dusk to dawn. And all the characters bring with them some sort of history, they're not just cardboard characters walking into a slaughterhouse." - Tobe Hooper
I'm no longer convinced of…