Pale Rider…


In one of the best introduction fight scenes for a hero, preacher played by Clint Eastwood, after dousing a match fire by a goon says “You shouldn’t play with matches’ and before the rest of the gang react, gives them a  bashing they will remember for the rest of the lives.

Pale Rider is  classic commercial film woven around a legend, someone who shows up when evil forces are at full play and meek have nothing else to do but pray.  Clint Eastwood on a pale horse appears as if the prayers of a teen girl are answered and with him brings hell.
In short, Pale Rider is a about how a hero who rescues a poor village from the plunder of a rich businessman. Producer-Director Clint Eastwood, makes it a different fare, with religious undertones and a preacher as the lead character, who is out there to execute God’s will.
It is Clint Eastwood’s film all the way. As an actor and a director, he carries the film on his broad shoulders. A must watch for all time pass film and Eastwood’s fans.

Few good scenes, that are shot pretty well

  1. Preacher’s introduction and first fight.
  2. Preacher and the rich villain’s meeting
  3. Preacher rescue of teen age girl
  4. Lead scene to climax and the final action scene.

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Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Wiki on Pale Rider

‘The Knick’ TV Series


Modern Medicine had to start somewhere, is the tag line for the first season. And it starts with a drug addicted and brilliant doctor getting out of a nefarious joint and heading to the hospital-The Knick. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and a terrific cast lead by Clive Owen, season 1 grabs you from the word go. As a concept the series just blows off your mind…as it unravels the various discoveries and inventions in medicine and set them against the burning topics of early 20th century like racism, abortion, feminism, immigration, contagious diseases etc.

Humanity is hard to cure, is the tag line for the second season, as the series takes more and more of a noir genre. It starts of with Dr.Thackeray in a sanatorium and far from treatment from his cocaine addiction, he now finds himself in peace with a new drug-heroin. Luckily for him, Dr.Gallinger  brings him back to ‘The Knick’ and the field of medicine advances once again.

Blu Ray for the second season has a few interesting bonus features, like inside the body shop, under construction, inside the costume shop and invitation to the ball. Production designer gives an excellent brief about how the set evolved, simple color palette (almost black and white, should Steven Soderbergh decide to shoot sans color) and the space design facilitating the various interactions of the characters. The invitation to the ball reveals the long shots employed by the director. A nice little package that gives good information about the making and would have been even better if there were a few interviews with the director also.

One of the key features for me is characterization and the various pull and push factors employed in portrayal. Every character has a nagging weakness, a thrusting strength, a higher/lower calling,  a haunting past and a future aspiration. All of these then are nicely woven into the period of that time, and some very strange and interesting themes. For instance, Mr.Barrow’s love for a young prostitute and Dr.Gallinger’s affection towards his mentally sicke wife.The structure is just too good to ignore and each character is a beauty!

Overall a must watch for anyone interested in a period drama, and do no mind the proceedings going a bit dark…a la noir!

Related links:

Theory of Dramatica