Friday, September 19, 2008

Christian Themes In "Cool Hand Luke"

On Wed. Nights, I am doing a study on Faith and Film led by Vick Griffin of our church. The first movie that we are watching is Cool Hand Luke. Reprinted below is a handout that Vick prepared, which I have hyperlinked relevant sections for further study:

Cool Hand Luke

-Released in 1967, starring Paul Newman

-Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

-Written by Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Donn Pearce

-Nominated for 4 Oscars [Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Music, Original Music Score, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium]

-Won Oscar for Best Supporting Actor [George Kennedy]

-Supporting cast included Dennis Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton, Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet, Ralph Waite, Wayne Rogers, Joe Don Baker and Anthony Zerbe, among others

-Cool Hand Luke was produced by Jalem Productions, which was Jack Lemmon's production company

-Contains arguably one of the most memorable lines in all of film history: "What we've got here is... failure to communicate."

-Luke as "Christ-figure"-

*Central character
*An Outsider
*Associates and/or Betrayer Associate
*Death and Resurrection [?]

Next week, we will finish watching the movie but we left off at this scene:

, which looks like this: doesn't it?

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?

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