Writers love good stories - and for me movies have been almost as important as books in shaping my outlook of the world.
I've been enjoying Paul Newman's movies for almost as long as I've been aware of movies. My mother was a big fan. As a nine or ten-year-old I can remember staying up late with her and watching The Long Hot Summer on television. The movie, based on a couple of William Faulkner stories, debuted in theaters in 1958 and was aired on television often during the 1960s. I adored everything about it: the multi-layered characters, the Southern setting, and the wonderful use of words- the movie has great dialogue. It's also packed with strong female characters. The Long Hot Summer introduced me to Paul Newman. It's been almost a 40 year, one-sided love affair. I believe I've seen all of his movies. Some I've seen many, many times. All were worth the price of a ticket.
This past Sunday I learned of his death. I offer my condolences to his family, friends, and all the people his life has touched – whether through his movies or his charities. The world is a lesser place without him.
Paul Newman may be gone but his movies will be enjoyed forever. These Paul Newman movies are my particular favorites. The characters he plays are all very different - an outlaw, a con artist, a cop, a Cold War spy, a logger, a freedom fighter, an aging husband, a mobster, and a house painter. Can you match the job to the movie? How long does it take you? More than a minute - then you need to break out the popcorn and rent some DVDs.
1958 - The Long Hot Summer
1960 - Exodus
1966 - Torn Curtain
1969 - Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
1971 - Sometimes A Great Notion (aka Never Give an Inch)
1981 - Fort Apache the Bronx
1990 - Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
2002 - Road to Perdition
2005 - Empire Falls
Answers in the comment section of this blog entry on Saturday.
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