1,001 Movies – Week 28

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” to “Call Her Savage”

 

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Paul Newman and Robert Redford have unmatched chemistry and charisma (and their comedic timing isn’t bad either) in this film classic full of witty dialog and great scenery. Believe everything you’ve heard; see is ASAP. (GS)

Butterflies are Free (1972) – Set in San Francisco, all Don (Edward Albert), who’s been blind since birth, wants is a place of his own away from his over-protective mother. When he moves into his own apartment he meets free-spirited hippie Jill (Goldie Hawn) who immediately clashes with his mother (Eileen Heckart, who won a Supporting Actress Oscar for her work here) and the trio debate life, love, responsibility and letting go. (GS)

The Butterfly Effect (2004) – Complex, fascinating, eerie.  The tag line said it all: “Change one thing – change everything…” Kutcher is thoroughly believable, the rest of the cast is excellent (including Eric Stoltz as an incestuous pedophile), and the kid actors are particularly astonishing!  Not everyone’s cuppa, but I found it very satisfying.  (KCL)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) – Surreal and transfixing, this classic expressionist film tells of the story of evil hypnotist Caligari and his unwitting pawn, a sleepwalker. The sets inspire designers today. (GS)

Call Her Savage (1932) – This film clearly shows why Clara Bow was the IT Girl. She had “it” but you could not say it then. This talkie is near the end of her career but she still had IT. Produced pre-code, it is interesting, exciting, and morally unprecedented for it’s time. She is still sexy. (KWR)

 

Originally published in Raspberry World – Volume 2, Issue 1 (June/July 2007)

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