Saturday, August 9, 2008

Robbery, American Style (Ограбление по-американски)

this cartoon is pretty amazing on a couple levels. first, just watch this thing and take in all the colors and lines (the music rules too)...its just a fucking stunning piece of work. second, its a piece of propaganda that could have just as easily been made by an american filmmaker in the 60s...the swaggering cowboy sheriff reminds me of William Klein's great but rarely seen flick Mr Freedom.

the action starts with a bank heist. the robber leads the cops on a wild chase, leaving dozens of bodies in his wake. a sheriff in classic western garb follows the whole pursuit from a safe distance, watching the thieves doublecross one another in a way that strangely reminds me of the first 5 minutes of the dark knight. eventually the money winds up in the hands of a femme fatale who soon meets her demise as well (after being trampled in a bizarre frenzy over a reverse striptease- just watch, it's odd-...probably has something to do with materialistic fetishism). the sheriff collects the loot and returns 'empty handed' to the bankers (looking a bit like mobsters of course) and tells them that the robbers got away.... apparently there are 2 other films in this trilogy, Robbery, French Style and Robbery, Italian Style...i'll see if they are on youtube too.


George F.K. said...

God, that music and the intro with the MGM Lion are making me think of something. It's on the tip of my tongue and driving me crazy.

Rhoda? That Girl? The MTM Show? I swear it reminds me of the opening credits of some truly unfunny 1970s TV show, but I can't remember which.

And I won't remember, because I went to Youtube and searched for "Love American Style" and watched the credits for that, and that music will be in my head either until I collect Social Security or that program goes bankrupt, whichever comes first (probably the latter).

L-Scott said...

I think you're thinking of the MTM kitty.

I remember reading a hilarious line in the Onion years back like, "Father has to explain to daughter that MTM cat has probably been dead for 20 years."

stir.max.alot said...

you know what you two motherfuckers can suck on?

that's right