RE: RARA-AVIS: straw dogs

Date: 20 Jan 2002

it's definitely available on video here in the US. it used to be banned on video in the uk (their weird screen violence rules), i'm not sure if it's available there yet. an intense, horrifying, amazing film. and you're not making up the rape scene, by the way.

martha <mailto:>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:]On
> Behalf Of Michael Robison
> hi everybody,
> after the recent movie discussion, it got me thinking about other movies
> that
> i've seen that might qualify as hardboiled. since the hardboiled
> description
> is somewhat new to me, i'm still a bit shaky about what it represents.
> anyway, i remember a movie i saw at the cinema a long time ago called
> straw dogs. i'd say it was hardboiled. a strange thing about it is that
> i've
> only seen it that once, and never again. not on tv and i haven't seen it
> for
> rent anywhere either.
> but it made a lasting impression on me. if i recall it correctly a
> pacifist/
> conscientious objector dustin hoffman moves to england. in a recurrent
> theme, the local thugs press him far enough that he rejects his pacifist
> beliefs and gives em holy hell. i remember lye boiling on the stove. i
> remember (or think i do) a rape scene where his wife appears to start
> enjoying it. whoa! thats gotta be the ultimate feminist heresy.
> maybe i'm
> dreaming and that scene never occurred. you couldn't do it nowadays.
> thats for sure.
> sam peckinpah, i believe. i'd like to see that movie again.
> miker

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