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Friday, April 27, 2012

The Sting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=434fAxI3YCo    The Entertainer  --Listen, and enjoy!!

The 1973 movie, The Sting, starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford.  It won an impressive seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  I have not seen the movie since I saw it in a theatre in 1974.  Today was the day to resurrect perfection.  Thirty-nine years may have passed, but the story line of two grifters out to revenge their friend’s death has endured.  The famous score is Marvin Hamlisch’s adaptation of a Scott Joplin piece, The Entertainer. I hear three notes and recognize the song instantly.
What is most appealing about this story is the constant edge-of-seat timing.  The Norman Rockwell-like illustrations that divide the storyline help lend a 1930’s feel to the film. The timing, the acting, the directing and the editing are all topnotch. Classics endure.  I am ready to revisit Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  A lesson learned: the past can still teach us many lessons.

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