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The Right Time
We went to see Bullitt tonight at the Fox Theater. I'd never seen it on the big screen before. And the VHS copy I'd watched years ago was pan and scan, so I had only perceived a glimmer of its grandeur. Wow. Even though the air conditioning was broken and, worse still, the screening was preceded by an Iraq War-themed Ford commercial and a speech by Republican car dealer magnate Jim Click, I left feeling elated. The famous chase scene was even better than I remembered. And the long and medium shots of institutional spaces, particularly San Francisco General used the margins of the frame to superb effect.

I'm actually glad that I had to sit through Jim Click. Because the theater has free wireless, I'd had my laptop out to pass the time before the film. Then I remembered that I'd forgotten to set up the VCR to tape the Giants-Padres game. So I loaded up the ESPN Gamecast and followed along while tuning out Click's smarmy donor voice. Barry was due up right before the film's 7:30pm start time. I kept reloading the page as Click neared the end of his speech. 1-1 count. 2-1 count. Then I felt it. If I could only load the page one more time before I had to put the laptop away, Bonds would hit 755. I decided I could give it one more go as I began to move it into my bag. So I clicked on the circle arrow. And this is what I saw:

It was strange that I'd been so certain that he'd send that pitch into the seats. The more I thought about it, though, the more it made sense. To me, that is. I'm writing this from within the sun-dappled paranoia that defines my relation to what I care about.

Let me rehearse the connections that went through my head. Bullitt came out in 1968, the year I was born. Most of the film is shot on location in The City, in places that I've visited many times. 1968 also happens to be the year that Barry's father Bobby Bonds made the majors, joining the Giants right after his son Barry's fourth birthday. Presumably, that was the first year in which Barry got to see the Giants play at Candlestick, which is located quite near where the famous car chase in Bullitt concludes in a ball of fire.

Wait, there's more. Bullitt also happens to be the first grown-up movie that made an impression on me. I saw it when it first aired on television as a toddler and was transfixed by the chase scene. You may recall that my first word was "car," months before I said "mom" or "dad." Well, Bullitt was the perfect picture for a child with my psychological make-up. So you see, Bonds almost had to hit the long-awaited home run at the precise moment when my devotion to his cause was leading me to delay immersion in a film experience inextricably bound up with my entry into language and culture. That's what I mean about my brand of paranoia. It discerns meaningful connections where they are objectively lacking, but interprets them as a blessing rather than a curse.

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From: e4q Date: August 5th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

car

hahahahaha! do you think your mum and dad were scarred for life?

sort of 'tin drum' of you somehow. the idea, also in 'perfume' of a child with a rich interior life totally out of the norm. now i want you to be a freakish fictional character. who will play you in the film of your life? you get to be quite flattering to yourself, but remember that if you are in competition with these characters you might want to pick someone 'kinda funny loooking' (line from fargo, when she is questioning a couple of local girls trying to get a description..)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: car

Oooh, I like the idea of being sort of Tin Drum. Who would play me? I don't know many child actors. The grown-up me has only been likened to John Malkovich and that other John who stars in and directed Swingers, far as I know. Oh, and there's the guy in a few 70s-era Wim Wenders films, like Alice in the Cities, who looks a lot like I'd have looked at my current age had I not lost my hair because of Tscernobyl. Maybe I can go back in time -- I just watched the DVD of La Jetée last night -- and get him to play me in the future.
From: e4q Date: August 5th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: car

i loved la jetee. the bits with movement were soo gripping.

i feel that as long as the scenario remains fantasy then time travel is not a problem. someone once said i looked like veronica lake. i think it was mainly a hair thing. and i once was young and slender. i can't comment on his eyesight.

however, you better watch out with your mrs being all autobiographical, it could all come TRUE! (but if it is any comfort to you i think that the casting director decides, and you just get to smile and nod)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: car

I can smile and nod! Seriously, I'm waiting for someone to make my LJ into a movie. It's all there. Or here, to be precise: mystery, intrigue, sex and horror.
From: e4q Date: August 5th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: movie!

well now that there is the print it out as a book gizmo kicking about you could be onto something, would that be the first blog movie? that would be good. i mean feature film, not youtube.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: movie!

Gizmo? I missed that. Send me a link. It will be as long as Clarissa!

Yes, it would have to be a feature film. The plot would center on the efforts of a team of detectives to figure out what I'm really writing about when I write about mundane topics like weather and sports.

I can totally see you as Veronica Lake, BTW.
From: e4q Date: August 5th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: book!

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: book!

Wow. I had no idea.
From: e4q Date: August 6th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: archive!

i assumed you did, since i have seen it round here the past couple of weeks in two different posts. glad to be of assistance! it looked mildly appealing to me for no particular reason, but i can see why you would like it, most archival!
duccio From: duccio Date: August 5th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Nice! The big screen, though. If you haven't seen it that way, you should definitely go the next time it shows. Even if you have, you should go.
duccio From: duccio Date: August 5th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I saw it when it first came out, and later in the 70's in the Times Theater (now long defunct - at Powell and Broadway - new double feature every day - lots of local color - $1.99).

My first car which I had in SF was a 66 Mustang Coupe, 3 speed 289 - Maroon color. My parents came for a visit, and I took my mom for a ride up and down the hills, a very mild ride, but it scared and invigorated her and she never forgot it, telling people about the Bullitt ride I had given her in SF, flushed, excited, and proud!

I'd like to see it again.
duccio From: duccio Date: August 5th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

755

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: 755

Thanks so much! I'd only seen the ESPN clip, which lacks the commentary. Bud Selig looks like such a fool. I mean, if you're going to be there, why pretend to be bored?
duccio From: duccio Date: August 5th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: 755

And sporting his stupid republican blue suit and red tie at a baseball game, which it looks like he sleeps in, so he never forgets (nor anyone else) who the hell he is.
    Impeach him too.
Give Barry his job when he has broken all the records and decides to take a walk off the field: giving the new guys a try.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: 755

Exactly! I loved what Al Downing said the other day about Selig: either he's a fool for not realizing how many players were using enhancements or he's more of a food for not admitting that he knew.
From: ex_benlinus Date: August 5th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Nothing like a neatly packaged day, complete with car chase.
We got a good car chase in today too. Bourne Ultimatum. Recommended.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, we want to see that one. Haven't seen the first two, though, so it might be odd. Fun hanging out with you Friday, BTW. I mean, it always is. But it was great to see you getting appreciated by new people.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Wow.

This totally tripped me out! Have you seen "23"? Similar, similar stuff!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Wow.

Just the preview. But I like the idea of me being like Jim Carrey in that role!
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