Where Eagles Dare is more than a war film, though. I’m not about to claim it’s a meditation on the human condition, because it plainly isn’t, but it skips across genres with a kind of abandon. At various times it is a heist movie (get into impregnable target, get goods, get out), an odd-couple movie (Burton and Eastwood are clearly a very odd couple, even if they don’t ever argue), a suspense movie (will the evil Gestapo major figure out that Mary Ure is One of Ours? Will she give the game away by mistake?) – and it has the brilliant and bonkers central sequence in which Burton bamboozles everyone by swapping sides again and again as he both explains and unravels the plot. That section has more in common with Sleuth than it does The Dirty Dozen. … [Read more...] about My favourite film aged 12: Where Eagles Dare
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But what a script it must have been! What a plot! How do people dream up twists and turns like that? The key turnaround comes in the castle's Great Hall and involves Burton crossing, double- and triple-bamboozling everyone in sight. In the script the dialogue was divvied up more evenly between Eastwood and Burton, but it ended up with Eastwood doing more of the shooting and Burton more of the talking. Good call. Burton admired Clint's "dynamic lethargy", but in this scene calls him a "punk – and a pretty second-rate punk at that". It's a devastating bit of verbal jujitsu since, effectively, Burton takes Eastwood's signature line – "Ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?" – and turns it back on him, before Clint's even landed the part of Dirty Harry. … [Read more...] about Geoff Dyer on Where Eagles Dare
But Tory interest in Thaler has not stopped there. When he arrived in London last week to do some teaching, five senior Conservatives met him for more than an hour to discuss his ideas and how they might work together. Steve Hilton, the party's head of strategy and Cameron's chief ideas man, was there, as were director of research James O'Shaughnessy and Oliver Letwin, MP and head of the party's policy review. … [Read more...] about From Obama to Cameron, why do so many politicians want a piece of Richard Thaler?
Which moments of audience participation in the production stood out for you? Unfortunately, I wasn’t there for the Trump episode. James had a good eye for who to bring up on stage to help him in the scene with the trunk. I think he recognised Donald Trump from The Apprentice. Trump, from the way James tells it, couldn’t have been happier to be dragged up on to the stage. James bantered with him, and the audience enjoyed it and rolled their eyes. That was Donald Trump when he was a relatively harmless blowhard. … [Read more...] about One Man, Two Guvnors: Nicholas Hytner on the joy of farcing around
Browne may believe that our 18-year-old selves can easily make the potentially life-changing choices of the best modules of the best degree at the most suitable institutions. But he should have a look at a paper published this March by one of Thaler's behavioural colleagues, Uri Simonsohn. It shows that prospective students who visit a campus on a cloudy day are more likely to enrol there. Because students believe bad weather is a good reason to stay in and do homework, they think of (albeit temporarily) cloud-covered colleges as places for serious study. So a bit of drizzle can make all the difference between going to Newcastle, say, or to Kent. … [Read more...] about Cameron’s hijacking of Nudge theory is a classic example of how big ideas get corrupted