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this film makes art out of artists. it is a beautiful, artful depiction
of three people: andy warhol, edie, and bob Dylan (billy quinn).
many will say that it is not the accurate, hard fact bio pic that many people rely on such to be; but like the doors, it paints artful depictions of such iconic legends.
all performances are done well. andy warhol is portrayed beautifully and harshly by guy pierce. sienna miller does a wonderful job as a beautiful girl valued only for her beauty and quirks. billy quinn... or bob Dylan... is portrayed just like the arrogant youth he was at times... bob Dylan was never always this sage who had best intentions in mind. he was human. and too many people forget that when hayden christensen plays him, he's portraying the real person.
Long before Clint Eastwood made "Unforgiven", "The Culpepper Cattle
Company" was THE standout film for a glimpse into the lives of people
trying to survive in a tough, unsympathetic old West. Gary Grimes
played the part of a youngster itching to become a man on the drive.
Like the audience members, Grimes is full of romantic vision, which is
almost immediately dashed when he gets himself hired by Frank Culpepper
(Billy Green Bush). What happens thereafter is that Grimes and the
audience must cope with the fact that (in those days) there was no law,
and often no justice. The meek suffered, and the sentimental get run
over by the ruthless and bitter.
The quality of the camera work and the sparse sets create the sense of stepping into a time bottle. The story and characterizations are utterly believable and often haunting. Make no mistake, this is the west that was, and credit goes to the film's makers for this sleeper of a classic.
Fear comes not from what we see but what we can't. And it is this that makes "The Haunting" into the finest of frightening films. Is it real? You can't prove it isn't! Watch this movie, and never again feel quite so safe in the dark or when you go to sleep. The movie was shot in black and white. At first, this gives the film an aged feeling, but when you arrive at Hugh Crane's house of the sinister, the black and white visuals have a starker effect and the eeriness creeps into your skin. In these days, too, of slick productions, watching "The Haunting" and then the remake, makes you realize how easy it is for film-makers to forget about what works and what doesn't. If you rent or buy the DVD, make sure 1) you're watching it at night, 2) you won't be disturbed, and 3) do NOT watch this movie alone, because this is one occasion when hanging onto a sofa cushion for courage ain't enough.