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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

retro trailer: ‘Patton’

Take a look back at an old trailer…


For Memorial Day, the U.S. holiday honoring our veterans, a movie about a doozy of a soldier. From my review:

This biopic of the American general is a straightforward film without subtext or irony, just as its subject is. Not that he isn’t a mass of eccentricities. Patton keeps a Bible nearby and prays on his knees, but he also believes in reincarnation — he tells his fellow officers straightfaced that he was with Napoleon in Russia. He writes poetry and can “smell a battlefield.” He likes to court danger: He promotes himself to three-star general before it’s officially approved by the U.S. Senate; he stands in front of a strafing German plane, shooting at it with only a pistol. He wants his troops to fear him and has zero tolerance for what he sees as cowardice.

Patton is available on DVD in Region 1 from Amazon.com and from Amazon.ca and in Region 2 from Amazon U.K.



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  • Nice touches in the movie:

    How Eisenhower is mentioned constantly but never seen: like a distant God passing judgment on all actions and holding Patton’s fate to his whims.

    The sequence of Patton reading the priest’s prayer for clement weather over soundless images of nighttime carnage in the snow.

    Meeks: “One measly slap… that’s what done it.”
    Patton: “Ah, George. I wish I’d kissed the sonofabitch!”

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