Quixote, Werner Herzog and impossible dreams

Posted on December 25, 2017

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/thoughts-on-binge-watching-aaron-sorkins-the-newsroom-don-quixote-werner-herzog-and-impossible-dreams-4274513.html

I’m the kind of person who waits for TV series to run their course over seasons and then binge-watch them, so don’t ask me why I’m talking about The Newsroom now.

I just got done, and am still basking in that warm, soapboxy glow that you get only from an Aaron Sorkin drama on issues of Great Cultural Importance. (I hear Steven Spielberg’s The Post is a little like this, but we’ll have to wait a while to know that for sure.) One of the key motifs of The Newsroom is that of an idealistic knight-crusader going all out against those that threaten the fabric of democracy (free speech, et cetera) – hence the frequent shout-out to Don Quixote.

And that brought back movie memories. For one, Arthur Hiller’s iffy film version of the Broadway play, Man of La Mancha, with Peter O’Toole as Don Quixote, belting out that swelling inspirational anthem The Impossible Dream in the way only a good film actor can. (He treats it like thoughtful dialogue set to music.) And then, another version of the same song, in another Sorkin-esque drama (though a cheesier one) set in a newsroom – Up Close & Personal, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford.

Continued at the link above.

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