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Fathers, sons and death
Barbarosa is a terrific western, very under-rated, and easily deserving a higher place in the pantheon of oaters.
Many posters correctly point out the film's theme of legend-building, how the myth of the Barbarosa started and grows.
But there's another key and tragic element to this fine film - the cost young men must pay to fuel their fathers' hatred and rivalries. The sons of both German settler and Mexican patriach must sacrifice their very lives, attempting to settle old scores for fathers.
Sadly, it's an all-too-familiar story for mankind, as generations of old men seem all-too-willing to sacrifice flesh and blood for notions of revenge and honor. Great flick.
North by Northwest (1959)
Mr. Thornhill's monogrammed handkerchief reads: ROT. The film is not. Backed by Ernest Lehman's brilliant screenplay, Hitch served up grand cross-country escapist entertainment. From the opening notes of Herrmann's fabulous soundtrack over fabulous credits by Saul Bass, we are plunged into this grand tale.
Cary Grant is an absolute classic - as is his perfect gray suit. James Mason is gleefully wicked, Martin Landau is creepily evil and Eva Marie Saint never looked better than she did in that scarlet dress.
From the god's point-of-view shot of the United Nations to the editing of the airplane sequence to Cary scrambling around Mount Rushmore, it is worth seeing again and again.