This made me verrryy happy. ❤
Osborne puts it down to the “positive note” that concludes most classic films—even some of the most hardboiled.
Take Raoul Walsh’s 1941 gangster drama High Sierra. By the end, Osborne recalls, “The leading man has been killed, his dog has no hand to lick, but you leave the theater feeling good!”
And, just to prove his point, Osborne gave us a quick impression of Ida Lupino’s huskily ecstatic, “He’s free…” delivered over Bogie’s bullet-riddled body.
Today, uplifting but thoughtful escapism is harder to come by, perhaps because the public doesn’t crave it like they used to. “We wanted bigger-than-life personalities then. Today we want the people onscreen to be just like real people,” says Osborne. Blame a growing atmosphere of cynicism: “The world has changed…
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