Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Blue Collar (Paul Schrader, 1978)

****
USA



Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto play three downtrodden Detroit car factory workers torn apart by the system they despise (and which pointedly despises them). Several scenes feel overtly 'written' - for their convenience to the plot trajectory more than their dialogue. But the dynamic between the characters is easy and organic. It's the reason the film is infinitely more likable and engaging than the glut of ambitious, self-serious political exposés from this period.

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