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Wooing, Cave Man Style.,
This review is from: Bus Stop [DVD] (DVD)
"Bus Stop" is not the sort of film that could be made nowadays. The streetwise and savvy young generation of today would find the films simple innocent charm a bit hard to swallow. The young of this era are constantly exposed to a barrage of dubious morals, force fed them on the internet and the multitude of TV channels. In the destruction of such innocence we have lost much. It is a great pity because this film is hugely enjoyable entertainment for most ages. End of sermon!
The films story is very simple. An extremely naÔve young cowboy meets a beautiful young lady plying her dubious saloon trade, and falls immediately in love. His idea of wooing is of the cave man variety. Rope her, tie her and drag her back to the old ranch. Today they call it kidnap. You would not expect this sort of treatment to endear him to her, but surprise surprise, she is slowly won over. The path to true love is never an easy one and the cowboy has to learn a few hard lessons along the way. Much of the action takes place on a bus journey and at the scene of a rodeo in Phoenix.
The film is most notable for a good performance from Marilyn Monroe. She looks simply ravishing as always and does not resemble the prostitutes you might expect to see hanging around on the street corners of your average red light district. If this was the case there would be a huge upsurge in the worlds oldest profession. Monroe was fresh out of Lee Strasbourg's method acting school, and it obviously did her no harm. She plays a hillbilly character who sings "That old Black Magic" very poorly but most alluringly. Don Murray lends effervescent support as the very loud cowboy. He did tend to get on my nerves a bit, and I was rather pleased when he later got a richly deserved good old fashioned whupping from the burly bus driver, which seemed to do him no end of good. The film was a favourite of the respected film critic and director Jean-Luc Godard which surprised me. Tell me if I am missing something here.? It is not a film of great depth, just a good old fashioned boy meets girl story. Great fun but not a film you would compare with the like of "Citizen Kane". The film is an enjoyable and entertaining slice of whimsy, which made it an attractive acquisition for me.