*The Lusty Men* shows up sporadically on TCM (and, as almost
always with TCM, in good shape). I use Kit Parker's 16-mm print, which is
decent. KPF will be more than willing to rent it, I'm sure.
Silly title, great film, neatly summarizing Ray's ambivalence
about "home" and traditional conceptions about masculinity.
William Lafferty, PhD
Department of Theatre Arts [log in to unmask]
Wright State University office (937) 775-4581 or 3072
Dayton, OH 45435-0001 USA facsimile (937) 775-3787
The universe was once conceived almost as a vast preserve, landscaped
for heroes, plotted to provide them the appropriate adventures. The rules
were known and respected, the adversaries honorable, the oracles articulate
and precise as the directives of a six-lane parkway. Errors of weakness or
vanity led, with measured momentum, to the tragedy which resolved
everything. Today, the rules are ambiguous, the adversary is concealed in
aliases, the oracles broadcast a babble of contradictions.
--- Maya Deren, from her notes for *At Land*
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