RE: RARA-AVIS: straw dogs and GO: after Robison

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 21 Jan 2002

Whether or not it's "feminist heresy," it's typical Peckinpah misogyny. See particularly his asinine version of Jim Thompson's THE GETAWAY for futher examples. (She, throughout the film, like most SP women characters, is looking to ally herself with the guy who will abuse her the most.) (As for today's tolerance, well, SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT and THE SHELTERING SKY have both been made since, even if the latter was a decade ago.)

One HB film I'd missed in its theatrical run but just managed to see on home video, and which I can recommend, is GO. After Tarantino in structure, but less cutesy than PULP FICTION, if at times only a bit so.


-----Original Message----- From: Michael Robison [mailto:] 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.

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