Empty Days

Sunday, September 05, 2004



Five Easy Pieces.

I caught this movie again on tv tonight. I don't know - I must have seen it a half-a-dozen times already in recent years. For some reason the character of Jack Nicholson resonates so much with me in this film I basically want to drop everything and do as he does. Also - this movie is so evokative of a certain melancholic ambiance (or let us call it "controlled despair") that it manages to express in all sorts of ways, including rainy rustic scenery and wonderful D-Minor music and dialogue and everything put together. Plus the cutting humour of it...

Anyway - I just love this film. In my humble opinion it's one of those odd gems that never made it all the way up to the ranks of cult or whatever cinematic glory. Yet this is a small masterpiece, there's something utterly intelligent and perfect about it - don't know what it is exactly.

The final scene where he just hops into a truck and leaves everything behind - his jacket, his wallet - like some sort of a suicidal Christ... this scene is actually perfect. Both the way it's shot and the way it's played by J.Nicholson.

Today it went right through me - more than ever.





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