Charlton Heston died yesterday.
He was my mother’s idle and because she introduced me to his films,
I became attracted to the world of cinema.
His statements in the last few years as President of NRA baffled us
but in 50s and 60s, he had such a charisma in epic stories.
I guess you still have a chance to get to see his films such as
The Ten Commandments (1956) and Ben-Hur (1959)
during Easter or Christmas season on TV in the States.
The last scene of Planet of the Apes (1968) is unforgettable.
Any comment welcome!
Charlton Heston is an axiom.
This is a fantastic quote! Thanks!
He was the quintessential hero in epic scale adventures. you did a great job, rest in peace.
ΟΟΟΟΟΟΚ!!!though if u watch moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 mayyybe you change your mind.
Yes, Marionn, I watched Bowling for Colombine (Heston is not in Farenheit 9/11).
Heston behaved nasty and the film presented him as a villain in it
which disappointed everyone including me who used to admire him as an actor.
There is no doubt about it.
However, films have eternal lives.
Heston looks magnificent in his films made in 50s and 60s
and there is no doubt about it either. That’s the magic of films.
I definitely don’t agree with his politics and have seen Bowling for Columbine. However, I cannot argue Mr. Heston’s epic presence especially in Spartacus and Ben Hur. While those are not two of my all time favorite movies, seeing them as a child made me believe he had a nearly superhuman enigma and both those movies have a place in movie classics history.
For Marionn: I also watched Fahrenheit 9-11 (?) and Bowling for Columbien (where he’s in) so?
AS AN ACTOR, he did superb films…
now for him, as a real person, I can’t say much… I didn’t know him personally..
For Jennifer Christensen:, he wasn’t in Spartacus (that was Kirk Douglas)
fair enough then
Pierluigi- you’re right there. I sometimes combine these movies in my head because when I saw them, I watched them back to back too many years ago. Thanks.
just rewatched Bowling for Columbine; Heston was scary. but i’ve loved him as an actor my whole life. Moses, El Cid, Taylor, Thorne, Neville, Vargas, Dundee, Colby… he was great as all those & more…
oops. i can’t delete my duplicates!
We probably shouldn’t forget “Will Penny,” either, arguably one of the five best westerns ever.
Nice mention Tom. Thank heavens for Actor’s like Heston, Stewart, Grant, Newman, Gables. Many more that have passed but without them acting would not be were it is today. Forgive me for leaving some names out but the list is infinite with the amount actor’s from the golden age and beyond.
You’re certainly forgiven for your sins of omission, Bronc. So many legendary performers, so little space to list them all. Maybe it’s because I have no skills on either side of the camera, but I have a true appreciation for the subtle art of screen acting. My love affair with the movies was consummated in the glow of Hepburn, Cagney, Peck, Stanwyck, Bogart, Lancaster & Co., and any medium that can provide a home to such wide-ranging styles – from the powerful quirkiness of Brando to the playfulness of Judy Holliday, from the star power of Bette Davis to the show-up-and-know-your-lines simplicity of Spencer Tracy – is an addiction I’ll never kick.
Judah Ben Hur!
His death was a passing of an age. No one ever accused Heston of underacting, but his overacting style was sometimes the round peg for the round hole in a movie like Ben Hur and the 10 Commandments and, yes, even Planet of the Apes. There’s plenty of round holes still in movies, but nothing but square pegs left to fill them.
Unfortunately he’s probably better known these days for his association with the NRA, but in his day, in his specialties of the historical epic and dystopian futurism sci-fi, he was without peer.
Michael Moore is the Ed Wood/ Joseph Goebbles of “documentaries”. He’s also a college dropout by the way. But I digress.