The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: War isn’t hell at all. It’s man at his best; the highest morality he’s capable of. It’s not war that’s insane, you see. It’s the morality of it. It’s not greed or ambition that makes war: it’s goodness. Wars are always fought for the best of reasons: for liberation or manifest destiny. Always against tyranny and always in the interest of humanity. So far this war, we’ve managed to butcher some ten million humans in the interest of humanity. Next war it seems we’ll have to destroy all of man in order to preserve his damn dignity. It’s not war that’s unnatural to us, it’s virtue. As long as valor remains a virtue, we shall have soldiers. So, I preach cowardice. Through cowardice, we shall all be saved.
Directed by Jack Hill
Every single part of popular culture sort of ripples out like the waves from a bunch of pebbles tossed into a pond that intersect with each other in odd ways. Once a film is made, it is there to be influenced by in varying economic and social strata forever.
My friend invited me to see Roy Ayers tonight. Ayers did the soundtrack to this movie so I decided to watch it. I’m not really that familiar with the Blaxsploitation era and I’m not even sure what to think of Coffy since I’ve seen hundreds of films influenced in some way by it over the past 40 years or so.
The genius of Elvis Presley and Sam Phillips was that they both insisted that the mistakes stay in as long as the feeling was right. That is something the kids and the teacher portrayed in this movie will never understand.