SerenaDVD - 2015
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. I endeavor to summarize by incident, without writing too much of who was exactly involved, so as not to spoil the ending overly for you.
. A Saw Mill. Owner fraternizes with Ms Worker. Then Marries a connected woman (Serena) from wealthy town. Who recounts not being able to save her siblings from a fire. Ms Worker complains pregnant, is told to take slight promotion and go away. Serena promises huby past is past, this is no problem. She also notes a problem with rattle snakes killing the occasional worker. She brings in a Sheik and Eagle team who get the snake. Sadly, gear failure (such as snapping winch cables) proves a far more intractable problem. They have a worker (one among others), a seer and also sinister man, who looks to have done some lags, lurks around, uttering the odd, indecipherable announcement.
. A Political Plan to turn area into Wildlife Park? An offer to buy out mill for $400,000. Owner believes its worth $M. Is urged to spend more, buying local politicians. Then finds out Partner-friend has gone behind Owner back, done a deal, can call in his loan to Owner and is in position to blackmail Owner. Serena says solve it, points out that to have betrayed him thus - was never a friend.
. The seer asks for his old job back, then throws an axe to wake buddy, sleeping on the job as Owner came by on inspection. I don't know if the safety aspect of this axe throwing act ever got to be discussed. Someone got shot. Seer tells police "Had to be accident - he's not that good a shot". It all looks a little dubious... .
. Serena is rushed to hospital for bleeding. Owner decides to start providing more for Ms Worker and son, sending over the occasional few $100 bills and (indeed) a photograph album. An apparent assassin goes after Ms Worker and son, leading to an very unseemly discussion, that starts at the mill site, goes to a railway station, continues on a train, then finishes at a ferry terminal.
. Sorry, the terminal didn't occur! Serena's marriage shows yet more signs of disintegration into dispute and rancor - which spreads out into the mill workers! The Seer gets in on the act. The Owner goes after a big black cat, thus drawing it into the dispute as well. Possibly as a proxy representative of someone's mother out law? The cops arrive - too late to save this day! Or INDEED make an arrest!
I discuss a possible cause for some of the very sad ending, at the following, which comes with this _SPOILER_ALERT!, located https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ht0jVt787f-Pge_97Lv53Pju3PV_V7rvcp_uHRDnO6M/edit?usp=sharing
I wonder if the people who gave this negative reviews watched the entire movie. It did start slow, but it's the kind of movie you need to watch and study. Everything has a meaning, which you see as the movie comes to the end. I was truly drawn into the end when the tragedy began to magnify and I couldn't turn away. This is a great character study, and everything that a good movie should be--people with motives you can understand, even if they head down a dark path. I think too many people these days like movies that don't make you think too much. Slow beginning, yes, but powerful ending.
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Town meeting part 1 of 2
Sheriff: Do we want our Smoky Mountains to be made a national park? Or do we want them to be made a desert?...
George: What about the jobs, Sheriff? These men need to work, don't they? And the logging camps bring in railroads and electric lines to places that never had them before. We're bringing progress to Carolina.
Sheriff: Progress? Progress for whom, Mr Pemberton? All the profits are going north.
George: Well, what is it that your park's providing? I'm sure your park will be very nice for you and your rich friends to go on a Sunday afternoon hike but for the working men, the men in this room, Sheriff,
the men unlike you, Mr Kephart, it's a matter of survival.
Town meeting part 2 of 2
Sheriff: The logging barons always cry "jobs" and "free enterprise" but the truth is, you barely pay enough to put food on the table.
George: Oh, we pay more than any job these men can get. And that's why there's a line 50-deep every time there's an opening.
Sheriff: Openings. Yes, you always have openings, don't you, Mr Pemberton? Because your camps have killed more men than the War Between the States.
George: It's dangerous work. And every logger will tell you he's proud of what he does. And I don't think he wants the government to build him a pretty park, Sheriff. I think he wants the freedom. The freedom to work hard and to better himself. That's what this country is supposed to be about, Sheriff!
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