- Aug 2, 2001
- Reaction score
I knew of it only by repute - until tonight! It is an amazing bit of film-making that would not stand any chance of being made today.that would have stopped me ever doing anything stupid.
Partly because some twonk would object to the length of some of the shots - especially the entry into the tunnel, which is magnificently conceived and justifies its length, even as we study the hairstyles of the cannon-fodder. Mainly because of the death of irony: twonks would insist the film was merely an instruction-manual for f'wits! As indeed it is. To be honest, despite its traumatic impact, I wonder if, even back in the day, it might have given ideas to the idea-less. Then there is the blood! OK, it's obviously been smeared on those juvenile legs - did Savile get that gig? Yet blood was mainly kept off the screen, in those days, apart from X-certificate fare, such as The Wild Bunch. Many kids would not have been inured to it, as I fear many, raised on violent video-games, are today.