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God be thanked for the infinitude of movie templates! Back around 2002 I recall musing about Godfather parallels with the Hussein family of Baghdad, & how Uday resembled Sonny and Qusay Michael.


About King Arthur. In the original Welsh legends Arthur was mobile and had a lieutenant, Sir Kay. Keep in mind he gets the sword and deals with Uther Pendragon. Later, when the legend was modified to conform to the courtly love/chivalry model of the French, Arthur was stuck in Camelot and Sir Kay emasculated in the role of seneschal, keeper of the court. The adventures at that point were partitioned out to Lancelot (a good French name) and others. Monty Python had the good sense to re-unite the lads and king in their adventures.

Mallory's Le Mort D'Arthur is very much the chivilrous version of Arthur. The Welsh Mabinogion less so.

Eric k

Yet another place where the new Battlestar Galactica shines is how gender neutral all these roles are, off hand I'd say there are as many women as men in all the major archtypes.

Dave MB

Hmm... in _True Grit_ Glen Campbell is a free-lance, but how do you classify John Wayne and Kim Darby?

Dave Schuler

I think you're misreading Chris. Chris is the zen warrior as is Legolas--the man who lives for honor and to perfect his skills. He is devoid of pride or ambition; his goal is spiritual.

Rahm Emmanuel is no zen warrior. He's more an Iago than he is a Chris; useful, even invaluable for his guile. But watch him carefully.


OK, you need to re-write this, for those of us who know Seven Samurai by heart (I think, perhaps, that I saw Magnificient Seven once when I was a kind but don't remember).

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