Tuesday, January 10, 2012

White Hunter Black Heart (1990)


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.

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