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Thursday, March 02, 2006

blue collar



Blue Collar. Today, a favorite film- and while related to stand-up comedy, totally unrelated to gittin' r done. Written and directed by Paul Schrader, this is classic grit starring Yaphet Kotto, Harvey Keitel, and Richard Pryor as three auto plant workers at odds with the bossese and their union. Pryor is great as the family man trying to dig his way out- while bits of his comic schtick are here, he brings real pathos to the role. The commentary track is excellent; it tells a bit about how all three actors were led to believe they were the "star", and once they got on set and realized the real situation, they were none too pleased. Schrader had to do long master takes of each scene, as that was sometimes all he could get before one of the actors would leave the set.

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