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'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy' by Geoff Dyer
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Like Dyer, I love Where Eagles Dare. I've watched it five og six times, and, like Dyer, I could retell it scene-by-scene. That's exactly what this short essay is: A complete retelling of the movie, with observations and jokes thrown in. Thus, it serves to strengthen, but not explain, the initial enigma: Why do we love this movie?

In a sad kind of way, the jokes seems to mimic the flaws of the movie: The movie is a collection of over-used tropes, and the jokes and observations are in a way obvious (bottomless backpacks, the one-dimentional acting of Burton/Eastwood, the outright silly plot twists*). The suggestion that Mary Ure is a author/director in the movie was a bit interesting, however. I appreciate that Dyer is as bored by action scenes and explosions as I am.

* Plot twists are, as a rule, like explosions in action movies or the clipping in slasher-movies: Cheap tricks. They give you the enjoyment of seeing the preceding events in an entirely new way, without having to do (ie, read, notice) anything.

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Reading Progress

September 14, 2019 – Started Reading
September 15, 2019 – Finished Reading
September 16, 2019 – Shelved
September 16, 2019 – Shelved as: essay

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