Leap of Faith: “Evel Knievel” (1971)

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    Marvin J. Chomsky’s film”Evel Knievel” is a supposed biography of the famous motorcycle daredevil, though any relationship to persons living or dead are surely coincidental. This biographical film starring George Hamilton (no stranger to cinematic impersonation, portraying Moss Hart in “Act One” and Hank Williams in “Your Cheatin’ Heart”) contains nary a single moment in which genuine human experience is expressed; rather the characters are revealed through a prism manufactured wholly of Road Runner cartoons: the film is an extended folksy tall-tale, relayed as a series of not-so-reliable remembrances by the title character while awaiting the performance of his latest death defying stunt, jumping his motorcycle over nineteen cars. If the film is filled with the braggadocio of an unrepentant self-promoting egoist, it is also laced with a lunatic charm that escalates the characters and expository situations into a delicate territory constantly tiptoeing, but not quite crossing, the boundary into caricature.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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