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Our Men and Woman in Havana! I wonder where Ernie Kovacs was?I think that one's finally surfacing on DVD in Februrary, along with Richard Rush's Going Straight, the Arch Obler end-of-the-world flick Five, Gumshoe with Albert Finney and, um, Vibes with Jeff Goldblum and Cyndi Lauper.
If you want to get an idea of the limitations of Hollywood film in terms of sophistication, watch Our Man in Havana back-to-back with The Third Man. It's the same director from a Graham Greene story with a cast that is if anything a little better, but the latter is a movie for grown-ups while the former seems infantilized in subtle ways. And if you want to see the difference between a literary novel and popular writing, read Our Man in Havana back-to-back with a novel by for instance Raymond Chandler (who I revere). You will find that the former is centered on character while the latter is attempting to create a certain sort of experience. The only differences between what Greene called "entertainments" and his regular novels were (a) an element of criminal or political violence and (b) a happy ending.
"Maureen O'Hara, Fidel Castro, and Alec Guinness." Carnac the Magnificent will now open the envelope...
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