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September 16, 2006

Cool Hand Luke - 5

In typical 60's fashion this film explores rebellion and authority. It reminded me of the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Paul Newman plays Luke who always plays his hand cool. After being sent to prison he encourages and shows the other inmates how to be free even within the prison. He attempts to escape a few times and refuses to have his freedom taken away. In the end, the film comes around to begging the question of freedom within a created world. Does the possibility of God make true freedom impossible? In other words, can the ethos of the 60's be taken to its logical conclusion? (In a similar vein to Malick's Badlands?) It seemed like I had seen this film before; not a good feeling when watching a film.

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