Day 41: 28/03/2020 *social distancing film club
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, George Roy Hill
Such an inventive piece of Western. Even its poster reflects this at a first glance. We usually think that old American cinema wants to make its viewers completely forget that they are watching a movie, it just flows by itself. What is contrary to this style is the French New Wave, where actors break rules by looking directly into the camera or speaking their minds, directors break these rules by using editing techniques which makes the viewer aware that they are watching a movie. However, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a great example of an original movie – sometimes it uses photographs, the colors get to become sepia when they are talking about the past, familiar music comes in (rain drops keep falling on my head…), edit mutes audio sometimes… But it’s a Western movie. Also some really funny moments like how they rob Flyer again and how they bump into the same guy who is too loyal to his company. So many reasons to love this piece of art. Paul Newman’s handsome smile is one of them :).