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My pilgrimage, Chapter Thirteen: Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue

By Michael Moriarty
web posted May 15, 2017

Film in the early Seventies!

In many ways, French philosophy had as much to do with film in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies worldwide as it had to do with world literature.

Existentialism and the Anti-Hero!

Albert Camus and his last paragraph for The Stranger:

“To feel it so like myself,

 indeed, so brotherly,

 made me realize that I'd been happy,

 and that I was happy still.

For all to be accomplished,

for me to feel less lonely,

all that remained to hope

was that on the day of my execution

 there should be a huge crowd of spectators

 and that they should greet me

 with howls of execration.”

For any writer, let alone a novelist in Post-World War II France, to ennoble the Existentialist’s theme of life’s entire pointlessness by creating an “anti-hero”, and, in the case of many “existential classics” such as Camus’ The Stranger, to elevate what I can only re-name “Pro-Villainy” into the leading character of an entire novel or film?

My personal and most in-depth encounter with that bizarre point of view – “American Existentialism” – came with a film entitled Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue.

Shoot it Black, Shoot it Blue
Life, Always A Bit Out of Focus

I portrayed what was, for myself, at any rate, a seemingly well-adjusted psychotic.

Except for a very young but brilliant black film-maker, portrayed charmingly by Eric Laneuville, my Herby Rucker, the “Anti-Hero”, is the “existential” leading man and the one you almost unwillingly learn most about.

Having taken the role while still admiring the Far Left’s Intellectuals and their very French friends… their Labels of Fascism and Fascist for almost all of authority… except, of course, for notably devout Socialists, I was a knee-jerk graduate of the Ivy League’s white and America-hating devotees of “serious film”.

Despite my present
Conservative loyalties
The distance that now exists between
The young actor in his thirties
This cantankerous old retiree in his mid-seventies,
I still find
Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue
A fascinating film
And a
Most-telling record
American Artistry
The Seventies!

Even the obviously low-budget quality of the production adds something “documentary” about seeing it.

Beyond all that, the supporting cast is excellent and well-chosen!

In fact, the entire enterprise is something the entire family of the late director, Dennis McGuire, should be quite proud of.

It being impossible, for myself at any rate, to judge the ultimate effect of my own acting as Herby Rucker, I’ll risk describing this performance of mine as “pretty good”.

I certainly found the entire film entertaining and the ending, yes, still a surprise.

You will too.

It’s certainly worth a “look”. ESR

Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at rainbowfamily2008@yahoo.com. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.  




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