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Paul A J Lewis
07-13-2010, 05:39 AM
Did any other UK Maniacs see this Rich Hall-presented documentary about the representation of the southern states of the US last night? I was expecting good things, especially after the impressive HOW THE WEST WAS LOST (BBC, 2008), the BBC's look at the Western genre which was also presented by Rich Hall (discussed here: http://dvdmaniacs.net/forums/showthread.php?t=36502). HOW THE WEST WAS LOST impressed me, not only because it showed some good insight into the films it discussed but also that it blended this insight with some effective humour - which was never at the expense of the films under discussion.

I missed some of the documentary (but have it recorded on DVD), but what I saw was very good. There were some interesting observations on COOL HAND LUKE (I'll have to pick up the Blu-Ray release of that film sometime soon) and a detailed examination of Erskine Caldwell's novels (and the film adaptations), with some great clips from Anthony Mann's adaptation of GOD'S LITTLE ACRE (to digress, I'd forgotten how good Tina Louise looked in that movie).

I'm going to watch the full documentary tonight, but what I saw suggests that it's well worth checking out

Some information on the documentary at the following links:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/7882231/Rich-Hall-on-the-Dirty-South.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t26zf
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/last-nights-tv--the-silence-bbc1-rich-halls-the-dirty-south-bbc4-2025028.html

Joe Cymru
07-17-2010, 01:09 PM
I caught this last week as well Paul. I have to say that I thought it was rather cheap-looking for the BBC, with an annoying habit of using scratchy scenes from a films original theatrical trailer when discussing a movie (anyone unfamiliar with Deliverence would be wondering what all the fuss is about!). I presume licensing a films trailer is a lot cheaper than obtaining a whole film just to illustrate a point! It also seemed to tail off around 1970, without acknowledging the emergence of various regional film-makers of the 1990's such as Richard Linklater and David Gordon Green who offered an independent alternative to Hollywoods depiction of the South.

Saying that though, it did make me want to see re-watch the steamy God's Little Acre (Anthony Mann??) as well as wanting to purchase the aforementioned Cool Hand Luke Blu-ray!

Wish they'd mentioned Thunder Road, Warren Oates and more Joe Don Baker though!

Tim Young
07-21-2010, 06:42 AM
Didn't see this, but I notice that 'How the West Was Lost' is on tonight on BBC at 9pm for anyone who missed it.

Paul A J Lewis
07-21-2010, 12:10 PM
I caught this last week as well Paul. I have to say that I thought it was rather cheap-looking for the BBC, with an annoying habit of using scratchy scenes from a films original theatrical trailer when discussing a movie (anyone unfamiliar with Deliverence would be wondering what all the fuss is about!). I presume licensing a films trailer is a lot cheaper than obtaining a whole film just to illustrate a point! It also seemed to tail off around 1970, without acknowledging the emergence of various regional film-makers of the 1990's such as Richard Linklater and David Gordon Green who offered an independent alternative to Hollywoods depiction of the South.
Yes, I guess rights issues were behind the clips used to illustrate the films. I would have also liked to have seen some coverage of exploitation films: Meyer's LORNA or MUDHONEY, or some H. G. Lewis, for example. However, I guess 90 minutes is quite a short time-slot, and something had to give.