Date: 19 Apr 2001

Juri writes,

In "The Asphalt Jungle" someone says something to this
> effect: "Criminality is just a left-handed form of human activity." (Is
> this in Burnett's book already or is it just in the film? I ca't
> remember.)
> And to take a step further, in Jean-Pierre Melville's marvellous
> gangster films, the criminals are nothing more than guys doing their
> work. This echoes back in Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" and Takeshi
> Kitano's "Sonatine" - they don't talk about getting the long-life
> holiday after the Big Caper.

From a certain perspective, I suppose, they're like other folks that like what they do. They don't like the idea of retirement. They want to come back to the job (do another job), for the satisfaction of doing it well, even if they don't need the money. In some cases, keeping your hand in may even have a bit of the Puritan work ethic, or the idea of using your God(?)-given talents....

Ah, but at my back I hear Travis McGee hurrying near (again).

Bill H

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