CineFile – Nobody’s Fool

by A. Jay Adler on August 7, 2011
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In my previous post I offered a couple of links to video excerpts from Paul Newman films. Sometimes, though, people don’t click on links. (What’s that all about? Don’t they know how web surfing works? How else are they going to go down the rabbit hole?) So I thought I’d offer one of those excerpts again, directly.

After all of the emblematic performances of Newman’s career, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler and Hud, to Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy, and The Sting, he capped the later autumnal performances of The Verdict and The Color of Money, with his performance as Sully Sullivan in Robert Benton‘s film adaptation of Richard Russo‘s novel, Nobody’s Fool. Sullivan, an aged and breaking down good-for-nothing is a cross between a proto holy fool and an energetic Bodhisattva in the making. He’s every Newman rake and ne’er do well finally arrived at a creaky sixty.

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