Thursday, June 25, 2020

Papillon Again

I learned minutes ago that there is a new film called Papillon. For weeks I've been meaning to post the first in a series along the lines of "Movies that Hit Us". Now I have a natural lead-in courtesy of something I discovered this morning.

(The few scenes I saw looked grim, thematically, and pictorially. The picture "light" was wrong, and I found out why. It was shot in Europe. Its sunlight, direct or indirect, is not right for a story that takes place in French Guiana.)

Prelude to the Piece:

Papillon (1973 - Franklin Schaffner)

My buddies and I loved it when we saw it at the Terra Theatre in CFB Borden. Since we were young at that time we couldn't necessarily articulate why. But we raved outside the theatre doors, nonetheless. (Some answers: great performances, Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman; and a brilliant score, Jerry Goldsmith.)


First posted as "There's a New Butterfly in Town" on August 22, 2018.

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