Monday, April 02, 2007

How much are you willing to suffer?

(NOTE: Inspired by the Oscars, I've decided that, once a week, I'm going to try to share a movie that has made a significant impact on me. If nothing else, this will expose you to some of my idiosyncrasies.)


I was in Enid, Oklahoma, with a group from school. We had a free afternoon, and went to see They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

I'll never forget the line. Or the despair.

Viewing "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" is like rubbernecking a horrific traffic accident, or watching a train wreck. The images, no matter how painful, are too disturbing to turn away. This movie documents the depression era pathos by showing us a glimpse of a group of dance-marathon contestants battling it out for a winner-take-all purse. Their lives become symbolic of their efforts in the marathon: inexorable pain, constant cramping, and a constant questioning of just "why live in all this misery?" ... The film is stunning in capturing the simple struggle of humanity; it's a must-see, but only once!!!
- Review by Joe Wade Smith
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I felt the music was mesmerizing, too.

"EASY COME, EASY GO"
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Sung by Lynn Willis

"SWEET SUE JUST YOU"
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Will J. Harris

"PARADISE"
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Gordon Clifford

• "COQUETTE"
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

• "THE JAPANESE SANDMAN"
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan

• "BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA"
Music by Harry Carroll
Lyrics by Harold Atteridge

• "CAN-CAN"
from Orpheus In Hades
Written by Jacques Offenbach

• "BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA"
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler

• "THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE"
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
Sung by Bonnie Bedelia

• "BODY AND SOUL"
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman, Frank Eyton and Robert Sour

• "BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?"
Music by Jay Gorney
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

• "I COVER THE WATERFRONT"
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman

• "I FOUND A MILLION DOLLAR BABY"
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Billy Rose and Mort Dixon

• "OUT OF NOWHERE"
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman

• "CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME"
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva, Joseph Meyer and Al Jolson

• "I'M YOURS"
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

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In case you haven't yet seen this movie, here's the trailer:


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6 comments:

altmike said...

There is a correlation between this movie and "American Idol" early rounds but it might be just too damn early in the morning for me to put in words....using the humiliation of humans as entertainment perhaps? I think this was the time that I started to develop crushes on many of Fonda's leading men including Sarrazin, Redford, and of course John Phillip Law.

somewhere joe said...

A spellbinding and exhausing Pollack masterpiece.

Gig Young's oscar-winning swan song - by then he had become an archetype. Screenplays were known to have described lead male characters with words like "a young Gig Young".

dbv said...

on my list now!!! wow...

Kevin said...

I loved this movie. Loved it.

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