Slow pick-up, but if you appreciate Clint’s “Art” films (like this, or Bird, or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil—both of which I like a lot) you’ll dig it—especially if you’re familiar with John Huston’s antics or Peter Viertel’s book on the making of The African Queen. (The film is a roman a clef about the making of the film; basically Huston was willing to do it so he could go to Africa and shoot elephants.)
For those who aren’t ardent admirers of El Squinterino, there may be some disappointment that White Hunter Black Heart isn’t as emotional devastating as it needs to be. Personally, I consider the film a fascinating failure—always better than a dull success—and honestly, I’m not exactly sure what happens at the end (so why does the elephant kill Kivu?).
But Clint Eastwood is a director who always intrigues me, one whom I always return to.
For a reviewer that really loves the film, go HERE.
That was my original idea for the title of this blog, a sort of summation of nearly everything I'd ever wanted cinematically: regularly playing on the ABC Channel 7 4:30 movie--or on WOR-TV Channel 9's 4 O'Clock Movie--the greatest monster movie in the universe, and incredible combo of miniatures, men in suits and stop motion, with entire continents destroyed!
But then there was a coup d'etat, and Tzar Ivan I of Ivanlandia took charge.