Monday, June 29, 2009

Burn Baby Burn

The Wicker Man(1973)
Directed By Robin Hardy

One of the best culture clash films ever made.
You may think you know where this is going, and even if you do, you don't know the half of it.
The only good thing that came out of the remake is that it made me find my copy of this, and show it to a friend, who had only seen the Nicolas Cage version.
It's a first rate mystery, and an eerie macabre horror film, that's smart as a whip.A young girl has disappeared on remote Scottish Island, and a pious detective is sent to investigate. The detective is a stern, moralistic man, out to crack the case, while the village seems trapped in an ancestral past, of nature worship, free love, and general idolatry. There's something "unwholesome" about nearly everything to the detective, and the case seems to be a series of dead and false leads. The village is preparing for a festival. No one seems concerned about the missing girl.
Creepy folk music dominate, as the old religious righteousness meets new age mysticism.

Depending on which way you look at it, whose the old and whose the new, is more a matter of personal persuasion, than fact.
Its really not as strange or as foreign as it seems.

In modern times, in the states, this survives as "The Burning Man" festival.

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