Then and now… March 4, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The Projection Booth had a two hour podcast on The Intruder, a Roger Corman directed film, starring William Shatner, made in 1962. It’s about school integration in the South during that period and is accessible on YouTube. It’s quite something. It really is. As noted on the podcast the ‘n’ word is used throughout – this is most definitely NSFW and as the contributors note the usage is genuinely shocking at this remove.
Despite some melodramatic flourishes the production has an unblinking aspect to it. Shatner was never the greatest actor and yet… this is pretty remarkable. A further point, this was, as noted on the podcast, one of Corman’s few flops. Nobody wanted to show it or see it.
But the podcast makes a fascinating case that the film is remarkably prescient in relation to the current era – looking at the Trump campaign and presidency .One point made in the podcast was just how violent both rhetorically and otherwise the Trump campaign was – it’s genuinely chilling to hear the tape of him encouraging the crowd to get the digs in at protestors. But then there’s a scene in the film where Shatner quizzes a hotel receptionist about integrated schooling and she replies, ‘but it’s the law’. To which he asks, ‘Whose law?’. That too has an oddly contemporary ring to it.