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July 16, 2008


along the lines of racial transformations in movies a truly stunning example is Giant, directed by the supposedly right-wing george stevens. this film which i recently saw again after many years is an inspired and wise allegory on sexual and racial prejudice. james dean actually represents a black man -- a conceit that's literalized when he gets so completely covered by oil that he looks like the tarbaby! and rock hudson's hardly-a-secret homosexuality is insightfully meditated upon, especially in the closing scene where liz taylor consoles rock after he loses a brawl. i have not seen the coward and would like to see it. giant is a film perhaps in the same tradition but "veiled." "all men would be cowards if they dared." -- John Wilmot

I just watched "Home of the Brave" online several days ago. I have seen it many times since first viewing it many years ago. The movie remains one of my favorites. The manner in which black-white racial relations is approached is truly admirable and ahead of its time. I loved the acting, and being a poet myself, those final poetic lines are so beautifully written and pertinent to the entire script. I'm ready to watch the movie again.

It is an acurate, feeling poem. It covers all weak moments we all have. I saw it inthe same movie and though, someone with a sensitive heart wrote that.
I just wish we all could live that way... or at least try

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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