Saturday, October 24, 2009


Two Classic Films

Third Man still shades Citizen Kane in
my judgment, with its vile characters

rushing huge against floodlit ruins.
Gritty postwar utter exhaustion.

The wickedness, and crushed innocence,
Italicwork-a-day military straining under
depravity and political burlesque.

But the American film more specifically prophetic.*

*...decent, hard-working people in this community...
robbed blind by a pack of money-mad pirates...

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