The Myth of Macho: Alan Arkin – CraveOnline

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Throwback Thursday: Audie Murphy, WWII Hero & Movie Star

From the battlefield to the box office, Audie was a true American hero.

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Audie Murphy: Role Model

Just discovering Audie’s films and he was a very interesting screen presence. Great blog!

Cinema Sojourns

Audie Murphy plays an angel of death in the semi-allegorical western western, No Name on the Bullet (1959), directed by Jack Arnold

Clint Eastwood certainly carved out his own genre niche as “The Man With No Name” gunslinger of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western trilogy but he wasn’t the first to craft his screen persona as an archetype of the tight-lipped, deadly frontier drifter. Audie Murphy had already perfected the prototype in No Name on the Bullet (1959), a much darker variation on the heroic lawmen the actor usually played in westerns.

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The Dollars Trilogy Pt 1: A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (United Artists 1964)

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If the American Western film wasn’t completely dead in 1964, it was surely on life support. Television had saturated the market with weekly oaters to the point of overkill. John Wayne’s starring vehicles were still making money, but the rest of Hollywood’s big screen Westerns were mainly made to fill the bottom half of double feature bills, from Audie Murphy outings to the low budget, veteran laden films of producer A.C. Lyles.

Meanwhile in Italy, writer/director Sergio Leone was as tired of the sword & sandal films he was making as was his audience. He had a notion to revitalize the failing western genre by giving it a new, European perspective. Leone grew up on Hollywood westerns, and wanted to turn them on their ear by showing a more realistic, grittier version of the Old West. Searching high and low for an American name actor to star, Leone was turned down by the likes of Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and Rory Calhoun…

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The Scott Rollins Film and TV Trivia Blog: Albert Salmi: An American Tragedy Updated!

https://cscottrollins.blogspot.com/2012/04/life-and-death-of-albert-salmi.html?m=1

In The Realm of Perfection review

https://www.indiewire.com/2018/08/john-mcenroe-in-the-realm-of-perfection-review-1201996615/

 

McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

In 1984, John McEnroe played 85 tennis matches and lost only three. That’s basically perfect.

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/09/03/mcenroe-in-the-realm-of-perfection-and-the-tennis-star-as-existential-hero

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