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

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      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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One 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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