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Unforgiven (Snap Case) – tekijä: Clint…

Unforgiven (Snap Case) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1992; vuoden 1997 painos)

– tekijä: Clint Eastwood (Actor)

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Two retired, down-on-their luck outlaws pick up their guns one last time to collect a bounty offered by the vengeful prostitutes of the remote Wyoming town of Big Whiskey.
Teoksen nimi:Unforgiven (Snap Case)
Kirjailijat:Clint Eastwood (Actor)
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Unforgiven [1992 film] (tekijä: Clint Eastwood (Director)) (1992)


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Unforgiven (1992)

Clint Eastwood – Bill Munny
Morgan Freeman – Ned Logan
Gene Hackman – Little Bill Daggett

Richard Harris – English Bob
Jaimz Woolvett – The Schofield Kid
Saul Rubinek – W. W. Beauchamp
Frances Fisher – Strawberry Alice
Anna Levine – Delilah
Anthony James – Skinny Dubois

Written by David Webb Peoples
Directed by Clint Eastwood

Colour. 131 min.


I like best movies with a difference. A cat-and-mouse police thriller with a difference like Heat (1995). A historical epic with a difference like Gladiator (2000). A biopic with a difference like A Beautiful Mind (2001). A gangster epic with a difference like The Godfather (1972). A romantic comedy with a difference like The Apartment (1960). A film noir with a difference like Double Indemnity (1944). A western with a difference like Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).

Unforgiven (1992) is another western with a difference. As a general rule, westerns don’t contain lines like these:

It’s a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he’s got and all he’s ever gonna have.

This movie is so many things rolled into one that it’s hard to know where to begin. For one thing, it is a brilliant satire of the genre. If you wonder what English Bob and Mr Beauchamp are doing in the script, this is it. They mock each and every cliché ever used in a western. Man is a myth-making animal, and no ground has ever proved more fertile for the purpose than the good ol’ Wild West. No other period in history has been more shamelessly fictionalised, romanticised and glamorised, above all in the movies. Well, this movie does redress the balance somewhat – until the ending when, in a stunning yet convincing stroke of dramatic irony, it becomes what it has lampooned so far. Satires don’t get more subtle, or more devastating, than that. But this movie is much more than that.

It is an excellent story with many important lessons to learn. You can learn, for example, that killing a man is not an easy thing to do. So think thrice before you do it. You can learn, sentimentally yet truthfully, that a woman can change a man for the better, rarely though it may happen. You can learn something about true friendship and real bad luck. You can learn how vanity can make you go too far against your better judgment – with fatal consequences. You can even learn that prostitutes are actually women. You know, human beings, not another species separated by an evolutionary gap too big to bridge. As Strawberry Alice (the always great Frances Fisher) perfectly puts it:

Just because we let them smelly fools ride us like horses don’t mean we gotta let ‘em brand us like horses. Maybe we ain’t nothing but whores but we, by god, we ain’t horses.

Most important of all, this is a movie full of unforgettable characters acted to a T by one of the finest casts ever assembled for the silver screen. It is rare, indeed, to have at least three legendary actors and a script that gives them so much to work on.

Bill Munny and Ned Logan make all but the best buddy movies look like insipid melodramas. Both are distinct personalities and very likeable fellows, especially Ned with his dry sense of humour. And I really like the fact that their dark past, Bill Munny’s in particular, is quite over by the time the movie starts. We get only a few stories and no flashbacks about it. This makes the task more difficult, but Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman pull it off with gusto. Eastwood is especially impressive in what is probably his career-best performance, effortlessly switching from stony-faced “I ain’t like that no more” excuses to rather touching contriteness when he remembers the old days to, finally, terrifying menace as the Angel of Death:

That’s right. I’ve killed women and children. I’ve killed just about everything that walks or crawled at one time or another. And I’m here to kill you, Little Bill, for what you did to Ned.

Gene Hackman is the tough sheriff with balls bigger than most celestial bodies and “the worst damn carpenter” whose self-built house has not a single straight angle. But Little Bill is not an outright villain like Herod, Hackman’s character in The Quick and the Dead (1995). Far from it! He is a stern man, but just; or at least he tries to be just. He is not quite successful, blinded by delusions of personal invincibility and righteousness, perhaps also by a faint streak of sadism in his make-up. In other words, he is a decent man corrupted by power with a little help from nature. No, he didn’t deserve to die like that. Then again, as Bill Munny rightly and ominously intones, “Deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.” Ned also didn’t deserve to die like that, and neither did the two cowboys, especially Davey who was really innocent of the whole affair, but that’s life. It’s a bitch. Another lesson, simple yet difficult to learn.

The greatest supporting star is doubtless Richard Harris. Who can forget English Bob, that snobbish and delightful braggart? And who could have played him better than a crazy Irishman? The Schofield Kid is the proverbial teenager full of foolish bravado whom real life is soon going to straighten out; unoriginal yet timeless character. Note the scene after the murder in the “shithouse”. This is fine acting indeed! Anthony James, the owner of the “establishment”, with his distinctive face (all skull and skin) is really scary and always a perfect choice for nasty roles. (Remember him in Blue Thunder (1983) with Roy Scheider?) Anna Levine has little to do besides being the mainspring of the plot, but her scene with Eastwood is one of the highlights.

Judging by reviews, many people still miss many points about this movie. They don’t get the satirical angle at all, they are not moved by the Bill-Ned relationship, they don’t care for the real complexity of characters like Little Bill and Bill Munny, and they are not interested in any questions that might be raised by the other characters. It is their right. It is also their loss. For my part, more than quarter of a century later, Unforgiven remains one of the few movies that define the difference between art and entertainment. It’s a difference of kind, not of degree. ( )
2 ääni Waldstein | Mar 6, 2018 |
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (IMDb) ( )
  DrLed | Nov 4, 2017 |
THREE & A HALF STARS--The final book of the S.W. Vaughn's Skin Deep" series/trilogy ended with a quieter finish when compared to the earlier books in the series. This is not in anyway downplaying this book. But if I had read this book first in the series...I still would have liked it, I guess.

This book could be read as a stand alone but I think it would serve potential readers to read the books in order to better understand the history of Cobalt & Will - [b:Skin Deep|7379685|Skin Deep (Fae, #1)|S.W. Vaughn|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1261461803s/7379685.jpg|9217818] and [b:Heartsong|8301398|Heartsong (Fae, #2)|S.W. Vaughn|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1274804199s/8301398.jpg|13150125] - Uriskel & Trystan (my fave couple). The author wrote her own version of a prince & a pauper theme.

We have returning to the final book, Braelan, the ex-villain/brat fairy prince from the first two books finally get his shot at love. I'm still on the fence with him getting his own book, but I'm not the author. Who's Braelan's love interest? Why, it's River/Rob/Jeff/Jack (he's a con artist, you see) - a tormented, homeless, suicidal, ex-cop, ex-con, con artist who actually meets the prince while the prince is robbing an ATM machine. Try saying that sentence ten times fast.

Unforgiven's Braelan was way tamer compared to Heartsong's Braelan. Heartsong's Braelan was an evil, sadistic, sensual prick that just hurt so good. In this book he's repentant and cries a bit and falls in love. I'm all for mush but I was hoping brat/prick! Braelan would have made a visit or two. But Braelan was adorable with his innocent act to the human world. I liked it. He went from Jaguar to kitten though.

Also there were some questions that lingered: (SPOILER ALERT-ish)

--What's the meaning of the name River for Rob? He said it was a nickname carried over from prison but...why?

--David MacShayne, he's a human, right? How did he learn so much about the Fae if it's supposed to be a secret? Where did his hatred stem from? Did it start with Harry? What did Harry do to him to get him worked up? Was there a history?

--Why would Braelan's father step down from the throne? He's immortal and chose such an odd time to give up his throne if his son was so wishy-washy with ascending the throne. His father is uber-selfish so why give it away after ruling with such an iron fist?

This book I think ended up being the mushiest out of the three, still had a resolute ending for the series and will appeal to series followers. This series is by far still one of the more palatable fae series I've read.
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  SheReadsALot | Jun 20, 2016 |
William Munny es un pistolero retirado, viudo y padre de familia, que tiene dificultades económicas para sacar adelante a su hijos. Su única salida es hacer un último trabajo. En compañía de un viejo colega y de un joven inexperto, Munny tendrá que matar a dos hombres que cortaron la cara a una prostituta.
  bibliest | Jun 13, 2016 |
Assaulted prostitutes put out a bounty on their attackers.

Good story and characters, and great ending, but slow movie. There's lots of tediously superfluous dialog, and a few scenes that could be cut without losing anything. ( )
  comfypants | Feb 16, 2016 |
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