RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: Straw Dogs

From: Dave (
Date: 29 Jun 2003

>> Just because something's banned doesn't mean it's good. STRAW DOGS is

>> not a great lost masterpiece, nor is it one of Peckingpah's best. And

>> it certainly doesn't rank up there with either PATHS OF GLORY or

A matter of opinion. I consider "Straw Dogs" and "The Wild Bunch" Peckingpah's best movies. "The Getaway" is a good film, even though the ending was sanitized. "Paths of Glory", along with the "The Third Man", are probably my two favorite films, so I'm not going to try to argue that "Straw Dogs" ranks with it. But while I think "Solomon's Vineyard" is a terrific book, I'll tell you, it's a lot nastier than "Straw Dogs". Sado-masochism, necrophiliasm, and an even higher body count. But Karl Kraven pulling Pug Banta's head through the jail bars and using his head as a punching bag makes it all worth it!

>> Anyway, my comment about the film STRAW DOGS being banned in England
>> for several years is just a statement of fact -- there's nothing
>> hypocritical about my statement. I hope you weren't suggesting
>> otherwise.

Nope. Nothing hypocritical about your statement of fact. I was referring to the UK banning this film. I wonder if "Clockwork Orange" has been banned in the UK, a more violent film that some people could argue denigrates women and shows rape as "fun".


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