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Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the 2005 "Controversial Classics Collection" release. A different commentary was available on the Criterion laserdisc release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Film historian Dana Polan Rating:7.0/10 (7 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Therealmrspock on September 27th, 2016:Find all reviews by Therealmrspock
One of the best audio commentaries I ever heard. Mr. Polan gives a fantasic in-depth analysis of the film's themes and secret messages (the treatment of Japanese Americans during WWII, and how the hero tries to redeem for such an act), and lots of insight into Sturges' style and cinema techniques. This is what every film scholar should do when making a track. A few pasues, but other than that, a great commentary. 10/10
Reviewed by Uniblab on September 8th, 2018:Find all reviews by Uniblab
Polan starts the film historian routine rather well, pointing out various visual and thematic subtleties to which we have not always paid attention‎. On the second half, though, the commentary sadly degenerates into cookie-cutter modern-day pseudo-intellectual overanalyzing and suddenly everything in the movie is McCarthyism parable (something John Sturges himself dismisses on his own Criterion LD commentary) and anti-Western deconstruction...