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That small window for profits is all-important to the Mayor in Jaws. His job depends upon getting re-elected and in turn that chance for re-election depends not upon keeping the population at full number, but on making sure those cash register ring and ring throughout the summer season. That, in a nutshell, is what Marxist critique is all about; following the money and finding how economics drives the narrative.
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Anyone looking around today can see that despicably evil acts are committed hourly, but it’s a tragic and long-lasting mistake to attribute evil acts to evil people. Nobody is born evil. It is learned and even more importantly—as is illuminated so brilliantly by the story of Anakin—most people who commit truly evil acts not only don’t believe they are doing so, but are convinced they are saviors. Anakin Skywalker becomes convinced he is bringing peace to the galaxy; Hitler was convinced the world would thank him for exterminating the Jews.
Despite the moral ambiguity of Rick Blaine at the beginning and despite the presence of real evil in the form of the Nazis all around him and despite the presence of all those other elements—guilt, alienation, paranoia—the ending of Casablanca holds out hope.
Kazan did nothing to protect the minds of America from being infected by communist doctrine. (You know the kind of stuff I’m talking about: free health care, affordable higher education for everybody, higher wages for workers, and less inheritance for Paris Hilton.) It is unconscionable to reward Kazan and anyone else connected with On the Waterfront with Oscars or any other kind of award.
The gangsters portrayed in the films since the 60’s have been more explicitly presented as heroes than the gangsters in the classics of the genre produced during the 30’s. Typically, the gangsters of today’s movies meet their deaths in highly stylized, very entertaining bloodbaths, but before getting their comeuppance they are consistently shown to be rich, sexy and cool. What is perhaps less known about the earliest gangsters in cinematic history is that many of them actually began life on paper as much more attractive individuals themselves.
Aside from Monty, the main reason to watch is that it is the most persistent and comprehensive critique of capitalism to ever win a major Academy Award. The brilliance is that it is disguised as a doomed romance.
The Big Combo is a 1955 movie starring Cornel Wilde and Richard Conte that constantly surprises and features scenes of violence and sexuality that left censors in a tizzy.
The film understands that the only important story of evil in the Overlook is that story of Jack Torrance once again succumbing to his own selfish desires and its effect on his family unit. The film understands that this is the story of the caretaker of the Overlook (read patriarchal society) and the result of what happens when the caretaker “overlooks” his responsibilities (read chaos).