Levitt Rips Apart Classic Films Part Deux

 

Bull Durham-  Bull Is Right!bull

In the film, when  Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) asks Crash Davis (Kevin Kostner) what he believes in. He responds with a speech that is overwritten, out of character, and obviously crafted by a writer.  He Says:

“Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.

Yipes, what a potpourri!  and that reference to Susan Sontag is completely out of the blue.  Why would a ballplayer be reading, and subsequently form a quick disgust the works of a feminist author, Susan Sontag anyway?  Did he take some kind of a “Women’s Studies” class at NYU’s School Of Continuing Education or something?

Ultimately, if  Kostner’s character Crash Davis minor league catcher, was truly smart/gifted enough to come up with this whole speech off-the-cuff, I think he should have given up baseball to work the nation-wide lecture circuit like Will Rogers.

The Sound Of Music (Nice film but don’t taunt the Nazis)

rolf

During the escape from Austria, the Von Trapp Family is suddenly confronted by Rolf (the letter carrier/Nazi Wanabee ).  Just when it looked like Rolf might have took pity on the fleeing brood and set them all free, suddenly Captain Von Trap thought it was a good time to start needling the youth, He said  “You’ll never be one of them”. Needless to say, Rolf’s pride was hurt  and he defiantly blew out his whistle to alert the other German Officers.  As a former naval officer, Von Trapp should have known to approach the youth with caution and gratefulness. Instead, he acted like basically a dick.

 

Thelma And Louise (Men suck, lets drive our car off a cliff)

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The Film Thelma and Louise’s central premise is that men suck.  Therefore, they begin a spur-of-the-moment interstate trek to prove that very fact .  Their road-trip, though, is a bit, one sided.  Its  not like the girls happen upon the likes of fem-friendly Alan Alda or Phil Donahue on their sojourn. Instead, they meet sex crazed deviants and other road-side lowlifes to prove their men-bashing premise.

Ultimately, Thelma and Louise drive themselves off a cliff in some last impulse of “We’ll show them” bravado.  I’m not sure what suicide (even when holding the hand of your best friend) really does to further female empowerment.   It did make an exciting ending though.

For those interested in reading  my first, “Levitt Rips Apart Classic Films”  Article:  Click this link:

https://marklevittblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/levitt-rips-apart-classic-films/

 

 

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