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Tom Byers <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 11 May 1994 14:56:46 EDT
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Department of English, University of Louisville
Phone: (502)852-6770 or (502)852-6801. Fax: (502)852-4182.
Two nominees: 1) THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, dir. Peter Yates (1973). A superb
little gangster film that also catches the cynicism of the era quite
brilliantly. Interesting in terms of seeing a 40s-50s generation encountering
the 60s-70s, both in the film's characters and in its own relation to the
genre. Terrific on the sleaziness of the government. One of Robert Mitchum's
finest performances. And for a bonus, great shots of the Boston area in the
fall. 2) KWAIDAN, dir. Masaki Kobayashi. I know this is not completely
overlooked, but I don't think it's adequately appreciated. Haunting stories,
and one of the two or three best-looking color films I've ever seen--maybe the
only film I've ever seen that I would compare to RAN in terms of its effect on
my eyes.
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Thomas B. Byers
Department of English/University of Louisville
Louisville KY 40292