One sunny Tuesday in the worst spring of my life, I cut seventh period at Roosevelt Junior High School and ran half a mile downtown to the Rialto Theater. It was 1955. "High Noon" had been a big hit in 1952, four Oscars. I´d missed it. Now it was back in a matinee. I had never been the school-cutting type. But that spring I was failing to thrive amid the ambitious go-along-to-get-along smugness of Westfield, N.J., which was everything you were supposed to want in a 1950s suburb. Maybe I thought redemption awaited me at the Rialto.
Comments: For all these years, I thought it was just a very good movie. I think Mr. Allen thinks too much.
Well, what happenrd when Allen cut all those classes? Did he pay a price for gaining those philosophical insights about life? Actually, Allen´s thoughts are very insightful and this is a very good read, especially in the context of today. How far we have drifted from Kane´s ethics.
Too right, #4, we were brought up to do the right thing or pay big old conseequences. It is hard to do sometimes, but worth it in the end. I still remember the movie and the two great movie stars. I wonder how John Wayne would have handled it - lol - I think he would have smacked Grace´s head and told her to get home.
Ah yes, every movie ever made is an allegory about the blacklist, when a few Hollywood millionaires had trouble getting work because they espoused a philosophy that killed 100 million people in the 20th century. ´Who cares about those 100 million dead people, they probably weren´t even artistic, but look at poor me, I had to let one of the maids go!´
This article struck a chord with me. In Utah we enjoyed our Jazz hero, Karl Malone. Karl would speak of himself in the third person. We haul out one of his phrases when the situation fits, "Karl Malone gotta do what Karl Malone gotta do." This fits what Kane did and I hope I have the same guts when I need them.
When I was in parochial high school, every month one year we were shown a movie that showed a person confronting evil, or facing a crisis in conscience. The one movie that left a really lasting impression was High Noon.
In class, we were taught what #1 says the movie is about. Courage, even if you have to go it alone.
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