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sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2017-09-21 11:56 pm

But there's no glory in watching you implode

Even if the rest of the film were forgettable, Howard Hawks' Red River (1948) would be worth it for the climactic fight scene where Montgomery Clift and John Wayne are tragically and brutally and patriarchally beating one another's brains out and just as the audience, consisting in this case of me and [personal profile] rushthatspeaks, decides it cannot take another second of this senseless macho bullshit, Joanne Dru can't either and not only says as much, she holds both combatants at gunpoint until they cut the machismo and admit they love one another. It was a thing of beauty. ("You'd better marry that girl, Matt.") Factor in the gun-comparing scene between Clift and John Ireland and other not infrequent moments of no heterosexual explanation and the whole thing was a nice break from today's otherwise relentless grind of work, even if we weren't totally sure at the outset. It is not easy to watch a movie in the company of an active and presently tired and cranky eleven-month-old, but we managed. In other news, Fox these days is freestanding, fast-moving, can hang upside down by the knees if an adult holds them, and appears to be taking against the entire concept of pants. They like honeycake, though.

Autolycus is being heartbreakingly plaintive right now. He has a vet appointment early in the morning and it requires fasting, which is an impossible concept to explain to a cat. I let him graze all day and gave him a proper dinner at the absolute last moment, but he is attempting to convince me that, actually, in point of fact, he starved since then. We should find him some kind of special treat after the appointment, for being so brave and honest. Last night he and his sister shared in the Rosh Hashanah chicken. All cats are lunisolar.

In honor of the High Holidays, here is a post on Jewish superheroes and here is a brilliant riposte to the rather short-sighted question "How can you be Black and Jewish?"

Back to the relentless grind. At least it is almost autumn.
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[personal profile] thawrecka 2017-09-22 05:46 am (UTC)(link)
I love Red River. Those are two of my favourite scenes!

I remember reading about the homoerotic gun comparing scene in my uni readings for a class on Westerns and thinking, come on, this movie can't be that homoerotic (I've been burned by academic essays that see homoeroticism in things I find only homosocial before!) and then I watched the movie and was like, wow, they really weren't kidding around. I'm pretty sure I wrote my end-of-term essay on homoeroticism and depictions of masculinity in the Western based on this film and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The list of Jewish superheroes reminds me that I went to an exhibit about comic books at the Jewish Museum here about ten years ago and it was so superhero-rific, and pretty much the most awesome museum exhibit ever.
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[personal profile] thawrecka 2017-09-22 08:06 am (UTC)(link)
What are your others?

I remember being really amused by Dunson threatening to brand Matt like his cattle, and loving the scene where Tess and Dunson meet. The characters are all so entertaining. This is making me want to watch it again.

It was both very Hawksian and actually in continuity with the way the story had bent since its confidently imperialist opening, but so totally sideways for the conventions of the genre, it was a delight.

Yes! I love the ending. Without that ending, it would just be an entertaining Western; with the ending, it's rightfully a classic of the genre.

re Matt and Cherry Valance: I'm pretty sure I've read Yuletide fic about it, and honestly knowing that fanfic exists about a Western from 1948 is enough to entertain me.

It sounds like it would be! If you have not read the book mentioned in the article—Danny Fingeroth's Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Jewish Superhero (2008)—I was sent a copy by ladymondegreen a couple of years ago and I highly recommend it.

I have read it, actually. I'm pretty sure I picked it up at the museum gift shop but I also used to buy popular non-fiction and books of essays about comic book superheroes. I can't remember what I thought of the book but I'm pretty sure I liked it.
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[personal profile] moon_custafer 2017-09-22 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Love the Card with Ben Grimm. He showed up in my dreams a few years back — he was investigating a break-in and murder in the Vatican’s secret comic book archives and grumbling about how out-of-place he felt.
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[personal profile] poliphilo 2017-09-22 10:47 am (UTC)(link)
I'd forgotten the gun-comparing. It must have been a lot more innocent last time I watched it.
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[personal profile] asakiyume 2017-09-22 12:27 pm (UTC)(link)
for being so brave and honest.

Love that, in this feline context. I hope things go all right for Autolycus!
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[personal profile] umadoshi 2017-09-23 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
I hope Autolycus' appointment went well!
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[personal profile] moon_custafer 2017-09-23 09:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Uh-o. Hoping for the best for Autolycus.