RARA-AVIS: Re: Richard Widmark

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 31 Mar 2008

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, jxshannon2@... wrote:
> It might interest Widmark fans to know that Tommy was a very popular
> nickname amongst Johannesburg's (Soweto's, really) tsotsis, or
street thugs, in the
> 1960s and later. And amongst themselves they enacted the giggle and
 leer of
> the wheelchair scene as often as American street thugs now enact
> various taglines from the horrid remake of Scarface. ("Say hello
to my leetle
> friend," etc.) It's incredible how international even a tiny flag
of American
> culture can be. And, yes, even tsotsi is a corruption of "Zoot

Interesting... does anybody know what the mystery scene is like in South Africa? I am sure that there are plenty of great stories to tell, including hardboiled and noir ones.



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