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01 October 2008 @ 09:26 pm
A Sacrilege, Perhaps  
I don't know if anyone else on my f-list ever has ever experienced this, but sometimes, when watching classic movies, I catch myself thinking: "This so should have a fandom!"

The latest case in a long row is Gunfight at the OK Corral, US 1957, by John Sturges. Based on the legendary historical shoot out, it's got everything that it needs to capture one's imagination, starting with an intriguing plot, great visuals, fabulous direction, soundtrack and eye candy acting. Young Kirk Douglas. Burt Lancaster. Very young Dennis Hopper. Oh and did I mention DeForest Kelley as additional bonus for Trekkers?

The characters and the messed-up dynamics they have with each other are a real treat for the sophisticated angst fan. Just imagine a terminally ill gambler and occasional gun fighter, haunted by a tragic past, flying on auto-destruct, and, due to circumstances, befriended by an outwardly doubtless and pitch-perfect law man.

Amazing potential for shippers, regardless whether of the slash or het conviction, as central facets of both male protagonists are also reflected in relationships they have with women. In the case of the law man, Wyatt Earp, the film grants you a melancholic, little, never-quite fulfilled romance, a story of "If Not's" and "Could Have Been's." Doc Holliday and mistress Kitty Fisher, in contrast, are painted obsessive and dark, their screwed-up dynamics tragic and almost painful to watch.

As both Earp and Holliday, against all odds, actually do survive the great show-down, there's enormous potential for continuation, either backed up by historical canon, or as AU as one pleases, depending on taste.

Just imagine the possibilities for debate, alternate interpretations of characters and history. Or, on the not so nice side, the flame wars initiated in order to silence defenders of Kitty's actions…

This film so should have a fandom. And some of my favourite authors writing Holliday stories ;-)
 
 
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Selenaselenak on October 1st, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
*raises hand*

I know that one! And can whistle the title melody! Never mind Val Kilmer or Kevin Costner, this is still my favourite version of the tale.
Bimo: Swann_oldbiebimo on October 2nd, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Then you are more than qualified! *g*

And also a considerable step ahead of me. Except for a basic "Wesley sweetie, come here!" call, I couldn't whistle to save my life ;-)

Never mind Val Kilmer or Kevin Costner, this is still my favourite version of the tale.

I couldn't possibly be less interested in watching Tombstone, the Kurt Russel/Val Kilmer version, but actually considering to give the Kevin Costner one a try, most of all because it's been directed and co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and I'm curious to see how he has handled the tale.

hianja on October 8th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
*lol* I'll never be able to see that movie the same way again. But seriously, I think that about a lot of movies/TV series. I can be all absorbed in the storyline, and suddenly the subplot possibilities hit me straight on the nose. Makes your eyes water sometimes. ;o)