Stuart Rosenberg is the Hollywood director who hit a homerun his first time up in 1967’s “Cool Hand Luke.” It was Rosenberg’s first film and is my favorite movie. With a terrific script and an audacious allegorical overlay, the film tells a gripping story that is brought to life with great humanity by an outstanding cast. Paul Newman’s performance seems to me an absolute classic of American film acting. Newman’s performance contributes both hilarity and shocking sadness. “Cool Hand Luke” has it all, an achievement for which Rosenberg should be remembered. It was reported today that Rosenberg died last Thursday of a heart attack at age 79. RIP.
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