The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982 USA)

65096f8950c426fb5f58346b28083bc0For sheer effrontery I don’t know who is more shameless: the title, Dolly Parton or me for showcasing the image above. But Dolly can project (among other things) sheer joy to the viewer with her bubbly persona. Thanks to her enthusiasm for the role as a brothel madam, this became the biggest musical success of 1980s cinema. [Read more…]

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Deliverance (1972 United States)

Nature, in the wild, can be violent. How appropriate that the setting should be the American South. Very few places in the U.S. are, or have been, as violent as redneck country. In a story about Darwinian survival of the fittest, the film conveys the idea that humans are part of nature, not separate from it. The magnificent scenery, the sounds of birds, frogs, crickets, and the roar of the river rapids, combined with the absence of civilization, all convey an environmental message–even if the original audience and critics did not focus on it. [Read more…]

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