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It Wasn't a 'John Wayne Weekend'

Not sure how else to describe the music and movies encountered during the past weekend, but if there was a common thread, that might be it. It opened with a viewing of Oh What a Lovely War, the 1969 film directed by Richard Attenborough and starring a who's who of British drama at the time (John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, John Mills, etc.). It was adapted from a stage musical, but that didn't make any difference to an impressionable mind in 1969. I remembered it as Fellini-esque in the manner in which it addresses WWI and the patriotic buildup to that conflict, and the description still holds true. But the movie was a bit of a letdown, maybe because we have our own wars to deal with today. Whereas subtleties were spread throughout Attenborough's film, the messages contained in new songs from John Fogerty are anything but oblique. His new album, Revival, includes songs like "I Can't Take It No More" and "Long Dark Night. As touted by many, it's a very CCR-like album. Glancing at the number of "Holds" to check it out, it's going to be a very popular item.