|A caged cockatoo in 'The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith'|
'Talking to My Country'.
In Stan's book he writes how he and his siblings would watch this movie and how much he liked to watch it when growing up.
I had never seen the movie before, as I knew there was a graphic axe killing scene or two in the movie and that kind of put me off watching it over the years.
And having seen it now I can tell you that it makes 'The Shining' look like a Disney movie by comparison.
Although maybe I'm overselling the violence in the movie, but be warned if you decide to watch it.
'The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith' is kind of like the legend of
Ned Kelly, a true story that is meant to make you have sympathy for the downtrodden who turn to crime to justify their cause.
I can't say that I've ever been a fan of the Ned Kelly story, so while I get the "up yours" to the authorities that both stories tell, the violence they use to justify their cause doesn't really wash with me.
But I'm glad that I watched 'The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith' this year for the first time in my life, as I may not have appreciated the movie as I do now in 2019.
More about why that is in some up coming posts about the movie, but in this post I want to write about the cockatoo scenes in the movie.
I like how director Fred Schepisi opens the movie where the Methodist preacher played by Jack Thompson has a caged cockatoo on the veranda of his house to represent the lack of freedom that the poor animal has at the expense of the preacher's judgement of trying to save the bird from the wild that the creature belongs in.
|Animal Messages and Totems|
|Cockatoos flying wild in 'The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith'|
I have wild cockatoos that fly around the suburb where I now live and this movie reminded me of this old post of mine -
I love birds and can't work out why other people who say that they love birds would want to keep them in cages.
I get the companionship angle of the human jailer, but birds aren't meant to be in cages, they are made for flying.
Indonesia confiscated some 200 pet cockatoos
Who keeps a cat in a cage ... or a box for that matter?-)
Schrödinger's Parrot and the "Nature" of "Reality"?
|My cockatoo statue I bought last year in my living room|
|The flock of cockatoos that fly around my place|
A Magical Drive in Tasmania with Gordon White from Rune Soup?
|'The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith'|
'The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith' soon.