In the history of cinema, there are some – but most only a few – famous quotations. Even people who have never heard of Cool Hand Luke know that line (and can imitate with a focus on imperfect Stothers Martin). For a film that is revolted at the scene of the late ’60s a whole generation against the establishment arrived, putting this feeling – it is a lack of communication – the social climate. Captain Martin is a repressive regime, authoritarian, while Luke is Paul Newman maverick who never gives up. (The irony is that almost everyone who sees the film, regardless of where the socio-political spectrum they fall, will be identified with Luke.)
Cool Hand Luke uses a deceptively simple story and easy to make a social commentary. The film has at least three levels, the deepest, which may be more interesting (more on that later). Cool Hand Luke takes place after the Second World War South. Luke Jackson, a decorated war veteran, says she is bored with life itself. So, one night after drinking a lot, he receives a pipe cutter and the decapitation of parking meters. This action was in office in spite of two years a prisoner. First, it seems to be a model prisoner – he is calm and respectful, and keeps to himself. But when a dispute leads to the unofficial leader, scoops (George Kennedy), a boxing match, Luke refuses to withdraw, even if it is clearly overwhelmed and defeated. His stubbornness makes him respect, even the hardest of the group, including excavators, which he dubbed “Cool Hand Luke” (after his victory bluffing at poker after a failure of one hand).
Newman and Kennedy: Boys Will Be Boys, it’s not long until everyone looked at Luke, and when he decides, after an escape attempt, there is no shortage of staff. Luke moves, but it does not disappear. Soon he is back in jail, looking more closely than before. This fuels his desire to escape again. This time, his break for freedom more daring than before, but without much success. When he was again under the yoke of the master, chief market locked up in a systematic campaign to break Lukas and for all. His independence of mind is something that can not tolerate. If it is not broken, it must be killed.
As a descriptive level, as nothing more than the history of the prison odyssey of the man working Cool Hand Luke. In fact, the film go on a mini-genre films like the last spawning, like Eddie Murphy vehicle, life. Camaraderie between the characters is effective story does not feel artificial or forced (Donn Pearce Co-framework on the basis of this experience first-hand written work in jail), and successfully orchestrated the profits bitter.
Taken to a deeper level is germinated Cool Hand Luke is a metaphor for the social climate in which they. Luke is the proportion of people who do not want to submit, whatever violence is lost. can repeatedly convince not only increase the justice of their actions, but ultimately make the difference. If this movie came out ten years ago or ten years later, this aspect will be lost. But over the past 60 years more and more under the Cultural Revolution, it is impossible to ignore.
The film is filled with Christian iconography. There are a few examples to say, but imitated in any case, after the egg eating contest, that the position of Luke that Jesus on the cross. It is no exaggeration, it will be the Messiah is a sermon to his disciples (the other prisoners) persecuted by the authorities, knows the treachery of a close friend (shovels, he toured with the police to see), and whether is sacrificed even for his own principles. Furthermore, Jesus (Jesus in the Bible, at least) was the last non-conformist. The movement began at the end was the creation, but during his life, he was for change. People forget that the same man who urged his followers to turn the page, said: “Do not think I have come to bring peace on earth. I am not come to bring peace but a sword.
Beefcake at the time Cool Hand Luke was published in 1967, Newman was already a star, with films such as Rogue and his mirror brother. Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969 with his reputation. Newman was a perfect choice for Luke – the innate sympathy is essential to our acceptance of this type as something rigid against any crime. As Luke writes may be considered unpleasant, but not for him to play with Newman. Player of the Academy with his Oscar nomination for the fourth (10 awarded), but did not win (his only victory in 1987-the color of money, which was essentially a Lifetime Achievement). Only Cool Hand Luke Oscar winner George Kennedy (Best Actor). He was nominated for Best Score and Best Adapted Screenplay.
One can easily defend Oscar Kennedy. For a child actor, is unfortunately probably best known for his role in the airport is Cool Hand Luke choose a career. Bagger is a character who has fully realized Guy “survives hard from behind bars, to make a sort of personality to reveal. And when, at worst, it is less mature or as independent as we first think. Strother Martin has not yet received official recognition for his work as captain, but his work has entered the annals of cinema. Although the 1950 and 1960 for best actor Martin has never been accepted by the Academy. And no fleet of Van (supporting actress winner in the east of Eden) has a small but memorable as Luke’s mother dies. The passage is a turning point in the film. Once confined to the unjust isolation, then he tries not to let his funeral, Luke is determined to escape.
Cheesecake Although the general themes are serious films include Cool Hand Luke humor. A few scenes stand out. The first is a young woman (played by Joy Harmon), which has shown a lot of hard work, sweat convicted. As they go about their work and on the side of the street, he gives her a car wash, and watch out for his fine dress pretty sweet at the same time. Later in the film, Luke says he can eat 50 eggs in an hour. the paris are made and endured the bitter see Luke is a great experience.
The film is director Stuart Rosenberg, who was the project with a wealth of experience in television. Cool Hand Luke constitute indisputable evidence of his career (later movies drowning pool, Amityville Horror and Pope of Greenwich Village would be). It’s one of those perfect marriages, if a director finds the perfect material for his skills. Nothing else would filmography Rosenberg able to suggest something as impressive as Cool Hand Luke has been produced. But he has not missed a beat. It meets all the ups and downs. We feel the stifling heat, the men try. We feel excitement like Luke wants them to tar the road so fast that the guards have trouble keeping up. And we try to feel fear as a ladder, breaking Luka.
Most people would probably consider Cool Hand Luke a quintessential film Guy “(with dozens of titles on the track and Great Escape). While it gives a great character just women on film and there are a lot of testosterone on display, such categorization marginalizes a movie of depth and substance. Best of all, there is nothing to Cool Hand Luke that seems dated, even 35 years after its original publication. It is as fresh and effective in 2004 than it was in 1967. The only difference is that to play Newman has maintained a leading group of male roles as a grandfather graduated. But it is still as cool now as it ever was