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Sunday, January 25, 2004

Straw Dogs

Always been interested in Boorman's trashing of women. On screen, the old boy was a merciless misogynist, his women bitches, whores, whore-saints, sluts, betrayers, native madfonnas. Only in Straw Dogs (1971) is a woman central, a revolting film of grinding menace, stilted and uneasily set in England.

My DVD tells me it's banned in the UK to this day but I recall with clarity the day I saw it and the pub banter that followed. Mostly about pouty Susan George and her splendid and much vaunted breasts.

A movie of menace that sends a shudder down every townie's backbone.

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