Films of moral struggle Bronson Draft

This insult does not go unanswered in another of his

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This insult does not go unanswered. In another of his narrative performances, this time covered in face paint more befitting Ziggy Stardust, Bronson demonstrates how he managed to escape the asylum. This sequence features actual live footage of the real life Charlie Bronson rioting and tearing pieces off the asylums roof along with some fellow patients. All the while our Bronson watches while singing along to an over the top rock anthem, after all he is reveling in one of his greatest performances. At the end of this sequence Bronson explains that his rampages were costing the crown tens of millions of pounds in damages, and so to free themselves of this burden they had Bronson declared legally sane. He would soon walk the streets again as a free man. This next portion of the movie makes clear how strange and alien the outside world is to Bronson, he is the aristocrat of prison but outside he is a foreigner. He walks awkwardly with his arms held at strange angles, and his reunion with his parents is uncomfortable at best. What is
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most telling is his arrival to the home where his parents have moved while he was in prison. He wants to know where his old bed went, he misses his old home, and he realizes this is a world that he no longer has a place in. So he attempts to rectify this situation by seeking out an old prison friend of his that claims to have connections to a world more suited for Bronson's skills. What follows is Bronson's meteoric rise through the underground fighting world of England and his realization that his true stage is within prison. Throughout these scenes Bronson fights in seedy back rooms and clandestine locals away from the public eye. This could never satisfy him because Bronson needs the world to know about his deeds. His exploits are wasted on such a small audience, and prison offers him a way for his talent to be known by the world over. The use of light and shadows in these scenes is particularly interesting, as Bronson is often obscured in shadow. The clever use of chiaroscuro helps to emphasize Bronson's feelings of becoming overshadowed in this strange and new world. This brief foray into the free world must therefore come to an end, and the manner in which it does is extraordinary telling of Bronson's true desires. Throughout his time as a free man Bronson manages to kindle a romance with a woman living in his building, and eventually professes his love to her. In a final attempt to woo her, Bronson violently steals a wedding ring and proposes to her, an offer that is candidly refused. The theft of the ring clearly demonstrates that Bronson was not attempting to start a new life but rather he was returning to his old one. A mundane existence trapped in the suffocating bonds of matrimony is not what Bronson has fought so hard for. He had a wife and child, and he chose to abandon them in the name of notoriety. Now once again when his life is straying towards the average he takes drastic actions to ensure the continuation of his legacy. He didn't steal the ring out of love for a woman, he did it out of love for his craft. As Bronson walks into
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  • Spring '13
  • Tueth
  • Bronson, Nicolas Winding Refn, Charles Bronson, Charlie Bronson

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