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5.0 out of 5 stars A look into the heart of greed, March 27, 2007
This review is from: White Hunter Black Heart (DVD)
I think that there aren't too many movies that can come even close to perfect. White hunter, black heart is one of them.

Before I started this review, I had just finished watching this film for the first time in a couple of years. It is visceral is an intellectual way -- Huh? -- meaning that one must use both head and heart to really get the most of it.

The film is wrapped around John Wilson, a fictional John Huston at the time he was filming "African Queen,"The African Queen also a favorite of mine, as witnessed by Peter (Peter Viertel), the film's screenwriter.

Wilson, like Huston, looks at things through a director's eye, analyzing everything to death. But, once analyzed, he acts emotionally -- witness the scenes with the pretty "god-damnest ugly [...]"," the hotel manager, and Kivu, the chief hunter. However, he formed relationships that were superficially intellectual, never really showing his emotions, but still always managing to be deep and lasting. He relished being colorful, and the people around him had to be as colorful as he, himself, was, otherwise they would bore him.

This combination of traits fascinates me. And Clint Eastwood's dead-on "impersonation" of the great man is loving and humorous. The other characters (fictional versions of Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall) -- with the exception of Peter -- are merely window dressing.

Show you see this film, and perhaps purchase it for your collection? Of course. But don't take it so much as a look into the making of a film -- take it as a portrait of a great man with equally great imperfections.
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