Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Barfly and Factotum / a man for every woman

Finally saw Barfly, the film Charles Buckowsky wrote (and about which he wrote Hollywood). Hm... Not that good, though not that bad neither. Faye Dunaway makes a nice Wanda (what is it with "Wanda" and the low-life association in film?) but Mickey overacts start to finish and Buckowsky's texts don't shine as usual. As far as i remember the book, it wasn't an easy film to make.  

"Wanda: Don't you hate cops?
Henry: No, but I seem to feel better when they're not around.
I sure want to thank you for your hospitality.

Wanda: Just one thing.
I don't ever want to fall in love.
I don't wanna go through that.
I can't.

Henry: Don't worry.
Nobody's ever loved me yet."

(nice line...) 


I liked
Factotum better.

"If you are going to try,
go all the way.

Otherwise don't even start.
This could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs.

And maybe your mind.
It could mean
not eating for three or four days.

It could mean
freezing on a park bench.

It could mean jail.
It could mean mockery, isolation.
Isolation is the gift.
All the others
are a test of your endurance.

Of how much you really want to do it.
And you'll do it, despite rejection.

And it will be better
than anything else you can imagine.
If you're going to try,
go all the way.

There is no other feeling like that.
You will be alone with the gods.

And the nights will flame with fire.
You will ride life
straight to perfect laughter.

It's the only good fight there is."


The characters made me remember João Gilberto's words in O grande amor *

"Whatever happens
there will always be a man
for every woman"