Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

To Cannes with Travis Bickle

The time is here again. Tomorrow morning, Terminal Two of Dublin Airport will, for some of us, take on the quality of the train station in The Great Escape. You remember. All the escaped prisoners are lurking around behind pillars …

Tue, May 15, 2012, 23:35

   

The time is here again. Tomorrow morning, Terminal Two of Dublin Airport will, for some of us, take on the quality of the train station in The Great Escape. You remember. All the escaped prisoners are lurking around behind pillars or conspicuously reading newspapers. Large numbers of the film community leave on the same plane to Nice every year. Look, there’s that programmer. Heavens. It’s that prominent producer. Few of us look like David McCallum. It’s more of a Donald Pleasence sort of business.

At any rate, Cannes kicks off on Wednesday and I will be there to make all the facetious comments you want to hear. Our first treat (I hope) is to be Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. Mind you, It will be hard to instil too much envy when discussing that title. You can all see it in two weeks anyway.

I leave you with this rather wonderful video — already something of an internet sensation — reimagining a Palme d’Or winner, Taxi Driver, as a Walt Disney film. These things have been around for ages. The one that recast The Shining as a heart-warming picture is something of a classic. I particularly like the moment in this at 3:45 where he addresses the “All the animals come out at night” sequence. So that’s why they called him “Dopey”.

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