A tribute to the life & career of actor Ralph Meeker. A talented actor of stage & screen,Meeker was also an accomplished musician (piano,cornet,drums.
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I'm not going to dwell on Mickey Spillane and Mike Hammer except to mention the film “Kiss Me Deadly” with Ralph Meeker as Hammer. It is one of the strangest noir films produced. It is worth the effort to find it. There are a number of good websites
In this atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane?s novel, directed by Robert Aldrich (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The Dirty Dozen), the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Ralph Meeker (Paths of Glory, The Dirty Dozen) stars as snarling private dick Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir masterpiece as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema.
In this atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane's novel, directed by Robert Aldrich (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The Dirty Dozen), the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Ralph Meeker (Paths of Glory, The Dirty Dozen) stars as snarling private dick Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir masterpiece as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema. The grimy, none-more-black end of film noir, Robert Aldrichs 1955 masterwork has never looked better, courtesy of a fantastic new Criterion transfer that burrows even further into the dark. (Best visual reveal: the wild, Woody Woodpeckerish jut of hair at the back of Ralph Meekers head, somehow signifying both the movies New Wave futuristic vibe, and a hint that the heros not quite as well put together as he imagines.) Although the main draw for fans might be the inclusion of the recently discovered (and even more apocalyptic) original ending, the disc also sports an extremely informative, slightly dry commentary by Aldrich scholars Alain Silver and James Ursini, as well as a too-brief appreciation by devout fan Alex Cox, whose Repo Man lifts one of the earlier movies most indelible images. Most fascinating, however, are a pair of documentaries about author Mickey Spillane and screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides, two crusty guys from the streets who make no effort to hide their absolute disdain for the others work. Watching these two immovable objects ram against each other only makes the films unsettlingly unstable fission even more magnificent. Absolute 3-D pow, as one of the characters says. -Andrew Wright
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The term “anti-war movie” probably conjures certain images in your head. Many of the more well-known films in the category rely on visuals that present armed combat in grindingly realistic sequences: the often-cited D-Day landing in Saving Private Ryan , the sudden bursts of violence during the river voyage in... All of these movies use violence to hammer audiences with the bitter tragedies brought about by war. But there’s another kind of anti-war movie, one that requires a bit more thought to get right (as well as some close reading by the audience). These movies use satire or drama to make their arguments against war, and often aim to expose the bureaucratic incompetence behind a failed strategy. One director especially drawn to the theme was Stanley Kubrick , who worked anti-war ideas into many of his movies, perhaps most obviously in Dr. Strangelove , Barry Lyndon and Full Metal Jacket. However, there’s an earlier film by Kubrick that sometimes feels like a testing ground for concepts he’d expand even further in his later work: 1957’s Paths of Glory. Produced as a vehicle for star Kirk Douglas and his company Bryna Productions, Paths of Glory follows Colonel Dax (Douglas), an officer in the French army during the First World War. Ordered by his generals to take a well-fortified German position with no reinforcements, Dax does his best to lead the charge, but the attack collapses and the French suffer crushing losses. In a desperate attempt to scare some morale into the troops, General Mireau (a perfectly snide George Macready ) demands that one man from each company be court martialed and executed for cowardice. But instead of closing on an angry note, Kubrick captures a heartbreaking moment that deserves to be mentioned alongside some of his best-known sequences. Paths of Glory may be one of Kubrick’s earlier features, but it still possesses the confident storytelling and camera work that distinguished his work even when he started out as a staff photographer for Look magazine in the 1940s. Relatively... Yet Kubrick didn’t intend for the battle to be the scene that conveys his message – instead, that’s accomplished much later, during the trumped-up court martial and the darkly funny dialogue exchanges between Douglas, Macready and Adolphe Menjou... Douglas is clearly in full movie-star mode here, playing an almost improbably virtuous and clever officer with no flaws of his own. This shouldn’t diminish the passionate work he puts into Colonel Dax, but out of everything in the movie, it’s perhaps one of the few elements of Paths of Glory that doesn’t age as well as the cinematography or the boundary-pushing story (for... The other surprising detail about Paths of Glory by modern filmmaking standards is its length. While it could be argued that the movie is narrowly focused to a fault, Paths of Glory still offers a lesson in restraint for modern filmmakers, who may feel that the scope of war can’t be portrayed without multiple lead characters and a... I finished Paths of Glory with the feeling that more people should see it, and more mention should be made of the film in Kubrick retrospectives at galleries and festivals. It may not have the kind of flashy images, edits or music cues that Kubrick burned into our brains with his later films, but Paths of Glory is just as effective – advice that can’t be repeated often enough in the industry, it would seem. Paths of Glory gets three and a half stars out of four. Have you seen Paths of Glory. Can current war films learn a thing or two from it. Or did Kubrick shy away from the real conflict.
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Ralph Meeker - Wikipedia
Ralph Meeker (November 21, 1920 – August 5, 1988) was an American film, stage and television actor best known for starring in the 1953 Broadway production of Picnic
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Ralph Meeker, Actor: Paths of Glory. Burly American character actor Ralph Meeker first acted on stage at his Alma mater, Northwestern University, alongside other ...
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Ralph Meeker. AKA Ralph Rathgeber. Born: 21-Nov-1920 Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN Died: 5-Aug-1988 Location of death: Woodland Hills, CA Cause of death: Heart Failure ...
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