I don’t look as old as I am. Which is nice. But Abe Vigoda is one of those people that always looked old. I pointed out Abe was 50 as he worked on the classic ‘The Godfather’ and he was 53 when ‘Barney Miller’ went on the air. This year, my older brother will be turning 53 and I will be turning 50.
Abe is 93 and he’s still alive.
I’m the kind of man who couldn’t go to a prostitute. Not because I’m above all that. It’s because I could never do the negotiation process. I just wouldn’t be able to tell them what I want. I’d be way too uncomfortable.
Last week, I discussed how Anderson and “Bald” Bryan of The Film Vault got it wrong about Charlton Heston being a racist. Heston was marching for civil rights long before either of them was born.
I decided to talk about the distortions employed by Michael Moore in has “documentary” ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and what he did to Charlton Heston. Moore clipped up Heston’s speech at an NRA gathering in Denver, held shortly after the Columbine tragedy, and added the “cold dead hands” statement from another speech, given a year later, to make it look as though Heston and the NRA were in Denver as an arrogant, defiance of the people whose lives were touched by the tragedy.
Nothing could have been further from the truth. The NRA had scheduled the event, which they were required by law to have, far in advance of the shootings and there wasn’t time to change venues. They also cancelled all events save those that they were required by law to have.
Heston’s actually speech reads far differently to the highly edited and misleading speech Moore showed us in ‘Bowling for Columbine’.
The problem with that sequence is the Moore seems to be employing two cameramen. He would have had to to get the shots we see. However, we don’t see the cameramen in the shots, as we should if there were, in fact, two cameramen. What happened was that Moore had only one camera and had to do different camera angles and doing some editing to get the sequence we see in the film. That seems dishonest to me.
This link has more of the Columbine distortions, but there are several broken links as this is an old site. And here is the text of Heston speech at the Denver event. Here is how Moore depicted Heston’s speech in Denver.
Second ad break bumpers: ‘Did You Steal My Money‘ by The Who & ‘Dirty Mind’ by Prince
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle