Charles Portis wrote a fascinating novel True Grit, that was subsequently made into two very good films. We've shown our hand in this write up but know that you will still listen to get the details. The first film was a 1969 production starring John Wayne, Kim Darby, and Glenn Campbell. It was directed by Henry Hathawy is remains a classic example of the great American Western. We think the 2010 version by the Coen brothers and starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, and Matt Damon also deserves a place in that pantheon. We are joined by our compatriot Mike Lembke, and hope that you will enjoy our spoilers and digressions.
Some science fiction books make an accurate prediction of the future, but not a whole lot of them. Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison misses the mark as far as the year 2019 goes. However, the current issue of climate change may make some of the food shortages that are depicted in the book become a stark reality. It is a story of the dangers of overpopulation and the limited resources of the planet earth. You know, earth, the one we're on. The film version of the book is a classic dystopian vision of the future, with food shortages and over crowded cities, Soylent Green. The book and the film are quite different (wait for the big reveal at the end of this show). Spoiler alert....we hold nothing back.
We hope you enjoy the discussion and the digressions!
Music kindly provided by Erdenstern.
Readings by Us and Aaron Kleinschmidt
We must apologize for the muffled sound quality in the first 22:00 minutes of the episode. It does clear right up after that. In this episode we take a look at the Pierre Boulle novel Bridge Over the River Kwai and the similarly named film Bridge On the River Kwai. Roger Ebert gave the film 4 stars and said "...Although the film's two most important characters are both mad, the hero more than the villain, we're not quite certain what is intended by that final dialogue. Part of the puzzle is caused by the film's shifting points of view." Jeff loves that final line.
This is absolutely a classic WWII film that is more about personal relationships than the war. The book is also a classic of course and is a quick read that offers a slightly different perspective on the story than the film. Mike Lembke joins us for a review of both. Music provided by Erdenstern Readings by Aaron Kleinschmidt