RARA-AVIS: Re: Deadwood

From: Marianne Macdonald ( marianne.macdonald@lineone.net)
Date: 15 Nov 2005

All right, I hate to agree with you tough young (American) (male)
(Miker-ish) kids, but I've been saying this myself since Episode One. And I'm not in agreement with those of you who think it's somehow inauthentic. There are lots of people out there on the streets of London today who use the word "fucking" regularly and repeatedly in conversation; the word still means "really",
"emphatically", sometimes (only sometimes, with the middle-class schoolkids) plus "Ooooh listen to me I am SOOO tough."

Sure - if your approach to history is Ladies Home Journal. Sure - if you really think that history actually was nice and well laundered. I liked SHANE - but it's awfully romantic. ...All those gentlemanly Westerns with attacking Indians and wicked rustlers doing neat acrobatic flips off their horses....

One of the annoying faults of historical movies/tv/novels is that all those clean faces, those nice jackets, those mouthfuls of white, straightened, dentist-approved teeth, are RIDICULOUS. They intrude, they make me laugh. One of the great things about the current BBC production of BLEAK HOUSE (which you should check out when you get the chance: the design is strangely Deadwoodish and there are fucking dozens of good actors in it) is that the poor are all so wonderfully dirty and sick.

And that's the thing about people living in Deadwood - or the projects in Richmond Va: they are poor, and often sick, when there's a storm (or hurricane) it makes you wet and dirty, and existence is a real fight; and by the way, there aren't any fairy godmothers with wands.


On Tuesday, November 15, 2005, at 10:26 am, rara-avis- l@yahoogroups.com wrote:

> When the show first aired, I was repelled by the
> language and the dirtiness of the town. The wife
> agreed. We only watched a couple. Getting them from
> Netflix recently, and watching them all with just a
> days inbetween, we both thought DEADWOOD is about the
> best motherfucking cocksucking sonofabitching series
> we've ever goddamned seen.
> miker

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