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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Don't Throw Louise From The Train

Image via who retrieved it via Grapevine Video.

Today I received this link from fellow Brooksian, Vince, about why one should not toss Louise from a freight train. Thank you, Sushiesque, up in Boston. This was a welcome interjection to our Richmond day relieved of oppressive temperatures. Or, at least, oppressive t us.

This film still crackles and I think could be remade, especially with the subculture of young people stowing away these days on freights--some of them runaways, others just yearning for a break from the cul-de-sac archipelago. I see them in Carytown, grimy, backpacked, and usually with a dog.

You could just remake the film, retaining the Depression-era scene, but the wider appeal is to set in now. The tropes are still relevant: young woman escapes an abusive father, poses as a boy, becomes a hobo riding the rails. You could read this story in the New York Post tomorrow.

Who to cast? John Goodman in the Wallace Beery "Oklahoma Red" role. Johnny Depp as Richard Arlen. Anne Hathaway as Louise.

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At 10:29 PM, Blogger Every 7th Day said...

How about Natalie Portman as Louise? She seems to make people lose their minds like Louise did, albeit in a different way.

At 7:39 AM, Blogger HEK said...

Every7th, greetings. I agree with you about Natalie. She's the correct size and has, I think, the range.

I found new respect for her when a few years ago she did that short faux rap video for Saturday Night Live.

I'd love to see her in another version of this.


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