Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is, without a doubt, the most perfect film ever. There is no bad scene. In fact, not even a bad line. Every actor delivers the perfect performance. It stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant and Christopher Guest. Their careers hardly flourished afterwards, though Robin Wright has had an amazing third act to her career after returning from her years raising the children she had with Sean Penn.

It was written by William Goldman, based on his earlier novel. It stands out among all his othjer gritty works such as Marathon Man (“Is it safe?”), All The Presidents Men (“Follow The Money”) as well as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (“The fall will probably kill you!”). Later in his film career he wrote films with sexy escorts and abused women as key characters, such as Absolute Power (starring Clint Eastwood) and The Generals Daughter starring John Travolta. In fact it produced a great performance from Mr Travolta, which is a wonder in itself.

Films about escorts and strong women used to take only two forms back in the nineteen seventies and nineteen eighties. Rape or murder victims or drug addled blackmailers. Wow has that now changed.
Entire TV series such as The Deuce and The Girlfriend Experience, Westworld not merely have realistic and non-cliched escorts and prostitutes as major characters. They are the stars. Sympathetic, deep, interesting and profound. As well as flawed, mixed up, cruel and stupid. You know, people!


And the change has happened so fast that I have no idea when it began. There was the film of The Girlfriend Experience by Steven Soderbergh, but that did not have much impact until the TV programme came along years later. So I am not at all sure where the transition happened. But it happened all at once. And yet society has not kept up. Especially in America. Where the weirdest crap is still going on. Not a day goes by that some raid, campaign or whatever is in the news. The States is so messed up in their views toward prostitution. It is all over their TVs and movies. Porn is prolific, if not endemic. And yet it is illegal and persecuted pretty much anywhere. 

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