...and the big red one
"the real glory of war, is surviving" —samuel fuller
the bastard decided to go movie shopping this afternoon to make up for a raony day. picked up the remastered version of the big red one. now those of you that know me, know that i have lists. usually top five lists. top five deaths scenes. top five junkie films. top five steaks i've ever had. this falls under the bastard's top five war films. i'll do some list one day when i run out of material so coming next week, the bastard's top five lists. either way, i won't bore you with the plot. it was written and directed by sam fuller. sam could tell a story. one time in a documentary he was telling a story in which balzac runs into alexander dumas on a street in paris. now dumas had become wealthy off of the count of monte cristo at the time. they exchange pleasentries. kiss each other on the cheek and go there separate ways. after clearing one another, balzac says to himself, "that rat bastard son of a bitch. if only i had money like him". when alexander dumas was clear from balzac he said to himself, "that rat bastard son of a bitch. if only i could write like him."
anyway, i hadn't seen this film since i was much younger and i didn't understand film making as much back then but now that i'm older and i realize what the man was doing. i see the big red one as a well strung together diary of fuller's experiences in world war two. i also see it as one of the times that griff gets to see the end of the story. who's griff? well in this one, he's a sniper played by mark hamill. but in reality, griff was a buddy of sam's in the war who sam fell on a grenade and i think sam had to help hold his intestines in as he watched his friend die. as a result, sam fuller let griff live forever in his work as a reoccuring name of different people in his works. i never remembered the cast from when i was a kid but this time i looked for griff and i was glad he made it.
last but not least of all, there was this scene in which lee marvin shows us his finest hour. good stuff