Bound For Glory (Ashby, 1976)

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It must be country singer week at the Heath residence. Hal Ashby’s take on Woody Guthrie unabashedly colors within the lines, both in terms of character and structure, and feels like standard storytelling considering the director’s more thematically ambitious projects. Bound For Glory specifically looks at how mainstream success tries to taint the purity of Guthrie’s musical message, and the beginnings of corporate influence on the distribution and exhibition of political art. Despite the somewhat basic result, the film is a visual marvel and excellent filmmaking by a master craftsman and Haskell Wexler deservedly won his second Academy Award for the epic cinematography.

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