Sunday, August 05, 2012

Watching the Informer

I was visiting a good friend and the subject of old films came up. There are certain films that only film heads recall. One of the films we discussed was the Beast. That is likely the best film ever shot about the subject of Afghanistan. We discussed older films I intended to watch but never did. As soon as I discussed the Informer his eyes lit up.

When watching the movie it is likely best viewed with the frame that you ultilize when going to a play. A basic familiarity with the story of Judas and redemption are helpful.

I sat rapt in awe of what is in many ways an art film. The use of lighting and scarce dialouge makes careful viewing necessary. It is a great film and the lead actor is more familiar to modern viewers as the brother of Maureen Ohara in the Quiet Man.

Gypo plays a dimwitted giant who is more functional than the one portrayed in Mice and Men. Like in Mice and Men he needs the help of a more clever pal to get by. He sells this friend out and is plauged by guilt. He spends the money foolishly and is killed for his actions. After being shot he stubles into a Church confesses his crime to the mother of his friend rises and dies.

Later on no doubt the Duck will talk about the charachter Gypo in class terms. The theme of the movie is about redemption and the consequences of ones actions. Gypo does get another person to think for him in the form of a groupie who is there for King Gypo as long as the money is there.

I would rather shelve the cleansed depiction of the IRA. The IRA is treated  almost nobly and in reality the matter would be solved with a bullet in the head.


Ducky's here said...

No, Gypo Nolan is clearly meant to be discussed in tragic context.

In the world of cinema the death of Chris Marker is the topic of the moment. Of course if Beak ever heard of marker her would probably just chuckle and say "Good, another leftist dead" despite the man's genius.

beakerkin said...

I disagree the film makes several
references to Judas and was a parable about redemption. The film the tragedy is certainly present. You have the mortally wounded Gypo staggering into the light entering a church. He sees the mother and confesses his crime and is forgiven before death.

The essence of the story is an affirmation of the belief of the Christian ethos of forgiveness and redemption.