Charley Varrick

October 27, 2009

charley_varrick Apart from Dirty Harry, Charley Varrick is another film that is directed by Don Siegel. Despite the fact that these two movies are both crime dramas, I also found that there are some similarities hidden in the films, for example; the use of female characters and also a sense of film noir in the movies. First of all, I think it is fair and safe enough to say (in here) that Don Siegel does not focus much on the role of female. For me it seems like the women are there only to support the ideas of film noir. They are used in the film as either a sexual symbol or someone that receives the impact of violence. For instance, Dirty Harry does not even have the main actress within the film! the only reason female (extra) characters were used in this film is to show to nudity which emphasizes the stereotype of Harry. Now for Charley Varrick, same as Dirty Harry there are also scenes that use women as a sexual symbol, such as the scene where Molly is entering a brothel, and the passport-making scene where we have a sexy-looking passport maker. Charley Varrick’s wife, Nadine, who we may count as the main actress (?) is also died at the very beginning of the film. It’s not that she is only shot by a gun but Varrick himself has also burned her right after she passed away (to be honest, I’m not even sure if she has already died or not, since it was so obvious to see that she was still breathing when Charley is taking of the ring from her finger). however, this shows and supports the idea of Charley is following the code (the code of crime drama), he left his wife burning, he also did not care about his partner (the scorpio guy from Dirty Harry) and therefore, it leads him to success in his criminal career.

Dirty Harry

October 14, 2009

At the very first scene of the movie we have a long list of the police officers that died in the line of duty. This simply shows how taught the world is, we get the idea that maybe good people cannot survive in this world, only the taught ones that will manage to keep going. However, Harry’s name is not on the list and this sorts of giving us a clue that Harry does not belong in this list of modest people. Later on the film states even clearer when we have a shot of Harry walking on the rooftop, this can be understood that Harry is way above the law.

The next thing we can easily notice is the setting. There are so many buildings in this film, contrastingly with the previous film ‘Unforgiven’ I have analyzed, which is about the old style of cowboy in western, Dirty Harry shows the new period of western therefore the setting seems to be more like an urban western style. However, there is also a scene in Dirty Harry that uses the old style of the western setting as a symbolic, it is when the bad guy in the film is getting killed. In this scene the setting of a lake, moutains and rocks is similar to the scene in Unforgiven, which is also the scene when someone is getting killed.

The main character, Harry, represents the stereotype of a rebel or a taught man. However, the film presents him as a good rebel who became like this because of the society and the environment around him that turned him into this way. Harry is the character that does not play by rules but in the end he gets the result. This ideas of him show clearly in the first sequence we see him. The first time we see Harry is when he enters the door, chewing gum and walking to the dead body. He does not even wear black suits like others serious characters in the film, his suit is rather brown or grey and it shows that he is not like others.

In conclusion, Dirty Harry is an enjoyable film to watch. The film is easy to follow and the score music is really good at building tension. Clint Eastwood did an excellent job on acting And the film is both modern and classic in a way.

Unforgiven

October 14, 2009

Unforgiven is a drama westerns film produced, directed and also starred by Clint Eastwood. Unlike his other previous films, Clint Eastwood turns Unforgiven into a strong westerns style, however the content of the film is unique and different from the westerns genre. In Unforgiven, it’s not about how a character beats up someone and then he becomes a hero. Although violence is playing  a big role of driving a story but Clint Eastwood goes for something even deeper which is about the guiltiness.

Through out the film we see scenes that support this idea of guiltiness over and over again. Most of them come right after the violence. For example in the scene where Ned Logan gives the gun to William Munny to finish up the killing cause he can’t do it by himself. At first we see the moment of hesitation in Will’s eyes, however he does receives the gun. After the gun has fired and the character is dying, the sympathetic shows out explicitly on Will’s face. He even yells at someone to give the dying kid some water. At this moment we feel that he’s regret and sorry for what he has done. He wants to help even though he knows it’s only a little tiny help.

The Act 1 of this film is obviously clear. We first see Will at his house as a clumsy pig farmer and a father of two children. We take this as his ordinary world although the film tells the truth to the audience that Will used to be a killer before. After the kid asked Will to join him,  His first reaction is refuse. However (like other movies) at the end Will joins the kid in order to solve his finance problem.
and lastly when Will, Ned and the kid are riding horses through the forest, the mood and tone of the film change a little bit and therefore we know that they are entering the new world and the journey is getting started.