Monday, April 16, 2007

Hud Bannon

A 1963 black and white Oscar winning film features Paul Newman as an amoral loner even as he remains entangled with his family on their Texas cattle ranch.

Hud: Paul Newman is Hud Bannon, a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences.

The movie spins character reveals around the timeline it takes to realize, confirm and deal with the fact that the family’s herd of cattle is infected with hoof and mouth disease. The climax of the story comes as massive bulldozers are brought in to dig a large pit. The cattle are lead into the hole where men with rifles kill them all. It is hard to watch even knowing it is all fiction and clever editing. Slaughter for no good purpose is simply never easy to comprehend.