This is really analogous to the plight of a film-viewer who has to wade through some terrible movies in order to see a turn by one of their favorite character actors. In my case, it's biding my time until a great stunt appears in an otherwise forgettable film. And as far as being off-topic, I find little separation between writing about the world of stunt performers and the craft of noir and hardboiled.
Viewers can discover their own level of delight in a masterpiece. Does anyone remember Peter Sellers cutting out one particular eye from a Rembrandt painting in The Magic Christian? This is coming from dim memory, but I think I've got it right. So celebrate the cover, the soundtrack, the stunt, the trembles of an Elisha Cook, it all works together or apart. It's a great world.
David Laurence Wilson
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