Pot Luck: “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)


      The immediate appeal of  George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead”, what makes it sizzle, is in the utilitarian crudeness of its technique in practicing practical filmmaking despite a poverty of resources rather than a dearth of ideas. The story of a mass rising of the dead to feast on the living is entirely the beneficiary of the fly-on-the-wall immediacy that occurs through a fortunate collision of crummy technical resources and blind enthusiasm; it has the feel of documentarian news footage so commonplace on television in the time before news coverage actually meant a cinéma vérité coverage of events rather than pristinely staged roundtables of waxen talking heads. Simply put: the filmmakers didn’t know enough not to do what they went ahead and did anyway.

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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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1 Response to Pot Luck: “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

  1. Cliff Burns says:

    Very wise take on “Night of the Living Dead”. Somehow–even with cheap production values, black and white photography and spotty acting–Romero captured a verisimilitude that still impresses, 46 years later.

    Speaking of acting, I think your remark as to the difference between bad acting and non-performance is insightful. Not sure how many of us would behave in the midst of an apocalypse, but I bet we wouldn’t be ourselves. Abstracted, disturbed, detached, hysterical…but definitely not normal or ordinary.

    Keep up the fine work…

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