I liked how he created the feel of the 50's Lousiana with dark washed-out colours, the costumes, cars, money, interior architecture and the simplistic settings. Some of the visuals are very impressive as they brilliantly highlight the darkness of that era. However, the script seems a little contrived.
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All The King's Men () IMDb min PG Subtitles and Closed Captions Sean Penn and Jude Law head an all-star cast in this riveting story of a humble man's rise to power and the influence of political corruption that would eventually cause his downfall. All the King’s Men is one of my favorite books, and I find it hard to write about my favorite books. When you are swept away by something – a book, a movie, a girl – all objectivity tends to disappear/5. All the King's Men is a dull movie, mainly due to the fact that it is full of boring characters which are poorly written by writer/director Steven Zaillian and led by an underwhelming Jude Law%.
February Learn how and when to remove this template message One central motif of the novel is that all actions have consequences, and that it is impossible for an individual to stand aloof and be a mere observer of life, as Jack tries to do first as a graduate student doing historical research and later as a wisecracking newspaperman.
In the atmosphere of the s, the whole population seemed to abandon responsibility by living vicariously through messianic political figures like Willie Stark. Thus, Stark fulfills the wishes of many of the characters, or seems to do so. For instance, his faithful bodyguard Sugar-Boy, who stutters, loves Stark because "the b-boss could t-talk so good"; Jack Burden cannot bring himself to sleep with Anne Stanton, whom he loves, but Stark does so; and so on.
But this vicarious achievement will eventually fail; ultimately Jack realizes that one must "go out of history into history and the awful responsibility of Time". The novel explores All the kings men of Calvinist theologyAll the kings men as original sin "Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption, and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud," says Willie when told that no adverse information about an opponent would be likely to be found.
Jack, Willie, and Adam all abandon idealism when they realize that nobody is pure and unblemished. Another motif in the novel is the "Great Twitch. This image becomes for him the encapsulating metaphor for the idea that "all life is but the dark heave of blood and the twitch of the nerve.
The concept is brought to life for Jack when he witnesses a lobotomy performed by Adam Stanton.
The emotional distance permitted by this revelation releases Jack from his own frustration stemming from the relationship between Anne Stanton and his boss, and allows him to return to circumstances which were previously unbearable.
They were doomed, but they lived in the agony of will. Then Jack discovers that his biological father is Judge Irwin, not, as he previously believed, "the Scholarly Attorney".
Willie Stark[ edit ] The central character of Willie Stark often simply referred to as "the Boss" undergoes a radical transformation from an idealistic lawyer and weak gubernatorial candidate into a charismatic and extraordinarily powerful governor.
In achieving this office Stark comes to embrace various forms of corruption and builds an enormous political machine based on patronage and intimidation. His approach to politics earns him many enemies in the state legislature, but does not detract from his popular appeal among many of his constituents, who respond with enthusiasm to his fiery populist manner.
Huey Long was at the zenith of his career when he was assassinated in ; just a year earlier, Robert Penn Warren had begun teaching at Louisiana State University. In his introduction to the Modern Library edition, Warren denied that the book should be read as either praise for Huey Long or praise for his assassination.
However, Warren did not deny that Long served as an influence or inspiration for Stark: One of the unfortunate characteristics of our time is that the reception of a novel may depend on its journalistic relevance.
This equation led, in different quarters, to quite contradictory interpretations of the novel. On one hand, there were those who took the thing to be a not-so-covert biography of, and apologia for, Senator Long, and the author to be not less than a base minion of the great man.
There is really nothing to reply to this innocent boneheadedness or gospel-bit hysteria. But on the other hand, there were those who took the thing to be a rousing declaration of democratic principles and a tract for the assassination of dictators.
This view, though somewhat more congenial to my personal political views, was almost as wide of the mark. For better or worse, Willie Stark was not Huey Long. Willie [Stark] was only himself My conception grew wider, but that element always remained, and Willie Stark remained, in one way, Willie Talos.
In other words, Talos is the kind of doom that democracy may invite upon itself.
The book, however, was never intended to be a book about politics. Politics merely provided the framework story in which the deeper concerns, whatever their final significance, might work themselves out.
In narrating the story, Jack commingles his own personal story with the political story of Governor Stark. His telling of these two stories side by side creates a striking contrast between the personal and the impersonal.
In other words, he might be said to trace a path from refusal to acceptance of personal responsibility. That is what all of us historical researchers believe. And we love truth. Jack comes to view Adam Stanton as the polar opposite of Governor Stark, calling Adam "the man of idea" and Stark "the man of fact".
His pride demolished, Adam finds the Governor at the Capitol building and shoots him. Judge Irwin[ edit ] Judge Irwin is an elderly gentleman whom Jack has known since childhood, a man who is essentially a father-figure to him.
Jack investigates thoroughly and finds what he is looking for: Jack presents the incriminating evidence to Irwin, and before he has a chance to use it against him, Irwin commits suicide. Only at this point does Jack learn from his mother that Irwin was his father.All The King's Men () IMDb min PG Subtitles and Closed Captions Sean Penn and Jude Law head an all-star cast in this riveting story of a humble man's rise to power and the influence of political corruption that would eventually cause his downfall.
All the King's Men is, without reservation, one of the great American novels. It may rank behind the greatest of the Faulkner novels — The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, and perhaps Light in August — and behind Melville's magnificent epic of the sea, Moby-Dick, but it belongs among the.
Jul 14, · Watch video · Directed by Robert Rossen. With Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek. The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal/10(K).
The second book would also be All The King's Men, in case I lost the first book. I think it's that good, but that's just my opinion and it doesn't count for much.
Some people hate it; they say it's long and that it rambles and waxes poetic and has lots of Reviews: All the King’s Men is one of my favorite books, and I find it hard to write about my favorite books.
When you are swept away by something – a book, a movie, a girl – all objectivity tends to disappear/5. Sep 21, · Watch video · Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel. The life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana/10(K).