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EXPLAINING OUR SITE TITLE LARGE EARTH DISRUPTION

5Sue Lyon is mostly known for Stanley Kubrick’s LOLITA just as CITIZEN KANE brings Orson Welles to mind quicker than any of his other motion pictures, in which he either starred, directed, or both. The reason for either (rather random) example is perfection. One being the girl, the other being the picture itself: the first unhindered by time; the latter uncut by studio heads. So let’s now center primarily on Sue Lyon to describe what the name of this Cult Film Freak Character File extension site means…

LARGE EARTH DISRUPTION is an initially vague warning that means a whole lot in the low, low-budget science-fiction thriller THE END OF THE WORLD starring Sue Lyon along with the man she feared at the drive-in theater (Hammer’s FRANKENSTEIN) as she’s seated beside James Mason in the aforementioned Kubrick classic: Christopher Lee is, as usual, a formidable antagonist but in a more subtle way than usual since he takes form of a very mellow priest, holed up at a rural monastery in what looks like a small desert town also harboring unseen suburbs under the bright 1970’s sun…

It took Lyon’s fictional husband scientist played by Kirk Scott to drive there, together, on a curious whim from a reading on his computer monitor at work: LARGE EARTH DISRUPTION, digital font letters stacked greenish blue upon a black screen led by a pulsating square cursor, which is, basically, the beginning of the world’s end i.e. THE END OF THE WORLD. And there you have it.

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May
18

MAXIMILLIAN SCHELL IN SAM PECKINPAH’S CROSS OF IRON

600px-CrossOfIron_-_MP40_5PROJECT: Cross of Iron YEAR: 1977 INTRO: At this point, after Sam Peckinpah had been established as a legendary director, on set he wasn’t even sure what characters would die on which day’s filming: but two main characters really sets this anti-war World War II drama apart from all others… other than being on the sympathetic side of the German soldier… including TALENT: Maximilian Schell KNOWN FOR: The Black Hole, Judgement at Nuremberg. CHARACTER: Captain Hauptmann Stransky , S.S., German Army…

TRAITS: There’s one in every war film. A man in charge who isn’t supposed to be. It’s impossible not to mention James Coburn’s character, Steiner, lower in rank but with more experience: butting heads with Schell’s Stransky; the latter who wants to be a great war veteran without doing the kind of work Steiner’s already suffered through to get to this point: his end where Stansky pretentiously begins. GOAL: To attain the Iron Cross, the most coveted metal in the German Army.  URGENCY: That’s the hook of Stransky’s storyline, actually… His need for the titular medal cuts into what he’ll do to achieve it: while others move forward, risking their lives behind enemy lines in Russia, he… while having a very private (and merely implied) fling with a handsome corporal… stays behind the scenes with the man in charge, James Mason, who has a much different past as a man at war.

CLOSURE: One of the all time great endings makes this patchwork masterpiece by Peckinpah stand out: As the heat of the enemy troops move in at a deadly level, Coburn grabs Schell, taking him from inside to outside to whos, “Where the Iron Crosses Grow.” And it takes a great actor like Schell to bring such a giant weakling to life: sure he’s supposed to be hated, but he carries his own worth in how he only knows what he wants, and wants only what he’s afraid to achieve.




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