I’ve sort of been surprised that he hasn’t become trendy again. For my father’s generation he was, for good or ill, one of the principal models of American manhood. By the end of his life, he was still a box office draw, but was rapidly being rejected by the move toward Alan Aldafied models of sensitive American males.
I am ambivalent about him, since the image of manhood he presented was emphatically that: an image. In the hands of a skilled director, the nobility of that image could be seen (and I think there were things of real value that have been lost with the broad cultural rejection of that image). On the whole, I think our culture could do with a bit more of the things that...READ MORE