A Natural Born World-Shaker: The Making of Cool Hand Luke

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Arts Documentary with no narration published by Warner in 2008 - English language

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His crime: nonconformity. His sentence: the chain gang. Paul Newman plays one of his best-loved roles as the loner who won't--or can't--bend to the arbitrary rules of his captivity. In this landmark performance, "The Color of Money" star Newman brings back all his great earlier characterizations: Luke is 'The Hustler' without a dream of victory, 'Harper' without a moral mission, 'Hud' without a father to defy. "Give an actor a good script and he'll move the world", Newman said when pronouncing 'Cool Hand Luke' one of the best scripts he'd read in years. "Luke is detached and indifferent, but he can't beat the system he scoffs at". There's good reason for the script's authenticity: co-author Donn Pearce spent two years of his own life on a chain gang. A cast of fine character actors, including the indelible Jo Van Fleet as Luke's mother, and George Kennedy in his Academy Award-winning role of Dragline, gives Newman excellent support as fellow prisoners. And it's Strother Martin as the Captain who taunts Luke with the famous line, "What we've got here is...failure to communicate". No failure here. With rich humour and vibrant storytelling power, Cool Hand Luke succeeds resoundingly. A drama of many moods -- some tragic, some comic -- "Cool Hand Luke" is a film of uncommon power, the kind of film we deservedly recall as a classic. "A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making Cool Hand Luke" is a entertaining look at the creation of this chain-gang classic - the film that cemented Paul Newman's status as a screen icon. Documentary features interviews with the late director Stuart Rosenberg, Frank Pierson, George Kennedy, Lou Antonio, author of the original novel Donn Pearce, Ralph Waite, Anthony Zerbe, Lalo Schifrin, Hank Moonjean, Joy Harmon, and Eric Lax, a biographer of Paul Newman. Through film clips, rare on-set footage and interviews with the filmmaking team this documentary reveals how Cool Hand Luke became the seminal prison picture of its era, influencing a generation of filmmakers with its tough, uncompromising style. Produced and Directed by Gary Leva ; Leva Filmworks, Inc. Production for Warner Bros. Entertainment Company

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 2 480 Kbps
Video Resolution: 852x480
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 29.970 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 28 min 46 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 550 MB
Source: DVD (Thanks to JB@a.b.dvd.classics)
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