Bingo (1991)

The American Spirit

One of the strongest influences in how a society imagines itself is film, and of films the strongest are where the characters are most abstract. Abstraction can be through cartoons or cartoonizing, stereotyping or extreme dramatizing. But the most elegant to my mind is when everyday creatures or objects become the character.

Dog movies are special genre. They often follow a Marlon Brando/Steve McQueen sort of American-branded rebel, as here. This is a runaway circus performer.

We have here a simple wallowing in what we admire in this character, reinforcing our own: loyal, resourceful, ramblin’. Except for that exercise, this is elevator music.

Posted in 2004

Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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