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Jo George

American hardboiled crime film with the influence of European art cinema stalwarts such as Alain Resnais. At the same time, both films are about quests for elusive grails. Similarly, the protagonists of Point Blank and Leo the Last (1970), Boorman’s most overtly European film, are variations on the figure of the wounded Fisher King. Boorman has even claimed that aspects of Beyond Rangoon (1995), his Hollywood thriller about the political situation in Burma, were based on the medieval poem, Pearl . 59 Boorman’s evocation of this medieval dream-vision also reminds

in British art cinema
Peter Barry

italics again] Here, the destined encounter with wilderness as the locale of revelation is rather like that in the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Having encountered the Green Knight in the crowded festive hall at Christmas time, Gawain must go out into the wilderness a year later in search of the man of the man he beheaded (who immediately picked up his head and left the hall), and there receive the return blow. Like Gawain, but in hired car, rather than on horseback, Hallett sets out for the foothills: The foothills of Cadair Idris are beautiful beyond

in Extending ecocriticism