“What we have here is a failure to communicate”
MrsDoF and I went to The Normal Theater for a night of big-screen classic cinema. There are a lot of classic movies I’ve never seen, and sometimes that’s all to the good. The Maltese Falcon, for example, has a huge reputation but I found it very disappointing. So I didn’t have extremely high expectations of Cool Hand Luke. But I was pleasantly surprised; this star-studded movie was definitely worth the time.
Briefly, Luke (Paul Newman) is a post-war ner’ do-well who gets himself sent to prison by a drunken act of vandalism. But his unique personality earns him the admiration of his fellow prisoners and the enmity of the guards. It turns out badly for him in the end… depending how you look at it.
I’m not usually good at recognizing literary/religious allegories, but this one was a bit more accessible than most. The exact sequence is slightly scrambled, but there’s a baptism, disciples, miracles, the Romans, Gethsemane, Judas, Pilate, a crucifixion, and even a sort of resurrection. The latter is exactly how I envision the resurrection of Jesus taking on the mythic proportions that it did.
George Kennedy plays an illiterate thug who ends up as one of the disciples – Peter, I suppose, and then combining the role of the big fisherman’s denial with that of Judas, trying to save the messiah from the wrath of the Romans, by betraying him. And… (this is as literary as you’ll ever see me get here in Decrepitland) I thought the crucifixion was when he was “broken” – and the ascension was when he was shot. And it took place before the resurrection.
We walked home talking about the movie, only to find our neighborhood in darkness. Apparently the heat and rain, plus trees growing around the power lines, brought down our neighborhood.
Anyone else seen Cool Hand Luke? What did you think of it?