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All the King's Men [1949 film] (1949)

by Robert Rossen (Director/Screenwriter)

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(All the King's Men, Usa 1949, b/n 109') Robert Rossen. Con Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, Mercedes McCambridge, John Derek, Shepperd Strudwick. * Un giovane politico (Crawford) eletto governatore della Louisiana sull'onda delle sue denuncie contro la corruzione, una volta al potere si trasforma, usando gli stessi sporchi mezzi cui prima si opponeva: sempre più violento e autoritario anche nei rapporti privati, verrà assassinato da una delle sue vittime. Tratto dal romanzo premio Pulitzer di Robert Penn Warren (che si ispirava alla carriera del senatore Huey Long) e sceneggiato dal regista, questo film scava nelle radici psicologice dell'ansia di potere, con una sensibilità estetica vicina a quella del neorealismo. Montato e rimontato più volte fino a trovare (grazie all'intervento di Robert Parrish) la sua forma definitiva, il film non nasconde una certa confusione narrativa, ma racconta con indubbia vitalità il clima politico che viveva l'america subito dopo la guerra, costretta a uscire dal suo isolamento - e sotto l'incubo del comunismo - facile preda della dematologia. Tre Oscar: miglior film, miglior attore protagonista,(Crawford) e miglior attrice non protagonista (McCambrige). ( )
  videotecadsu | Mar 2, 2016 |
From ugly illustrations of back-room spittoon politics to wild illuminations of howling political mobs, it catches the dim but dreadful aspect of ignorance and greed when played upon by theatrics, eloquence and bluff. It visions the vulgar spellbinders and political hypocrites for what they are and it looks on extreme provincialism with a candid and pessimistic eye.
 

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Rossen, RobertDirector/Screenwriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crawford, Brodericksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Derek, Johnsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dru, Joannesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ireland, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCambridge, Mercedessecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Warren, Robert PennOriginal booksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal. -IMDB
All the King's Men is a 1949 Film Noir drama film set in a political setting directed by Robert Rossen and based on the Robert Penn Warren novel of the same name. The triple Oscar-winning production features Broderick Crawford in the role of the ambitious and sometimes ruthless politician, Willie Stark
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This is the story of working class hero Southern demagogue Willie Stark--rising from the mud of the back country--and his long climb to the top, followed by his longer drop to the bottom. Abetted by newspaper reporter Jack Burden, who becomes his chronicler, Stark's career begins with running for county treasurer and losing. Through law school, private practice, and finally as people's advocate against corruption, he moves up the political ladder. In his 2nd run for governor, Willie vows to give the people new hospitals, schools, roads -- and when he's elected, he delivers. But the more power he gets, the more corrupt he acts, until he's unrecognizable. He chases women, turns his family into photo-op props, and makes Burden his personal character assassin. Do the ends justify the means? Is it power that corrupts, or is it that power allows people to be corrupt? These are the questions that Willie Stark, in the end, cannot answer.… (more)

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