The New Empress Video Blog: Scarecrow is Rereleased

by Helen Cox on 24/04/2013

Here at New Empress we like to champion films that are often overlooked and forgotten and Jerry Schatzberg’s Scarecrow is one such film. Schatzberg won the Palme d’Or in 1973 for this rarely screened on-the-road classic, starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino.  Opening amidst an isolated backdrop of dusty American landscape, Max, just released from prison, happens upon Lion. A muted meeting at first soon blossoms into the beginning of a new friendship that takes them hitchhiking across America.

New Empress reviewer Mark Searby presents a special video blog celebrating the rerelease of this much-ignored classic that returns to cinemas on Friday. We’d like to point out that Mark provided his own T Shirt.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ian C April 25, 2013 at 12:41

Is New Empress pretending to be Mark Kermonde or Film 2013?

Shame I thought that the videos for Jaws you did a while back had thier own voice rather than photocopying a well worn format.


Jo April 26, 2013 at 10:00

When you say, “well worn format” what exactly do you mean? Sitting in a cinema? Talking to camera? Being a man?

I hadn’t heard of this film, now I have and I’m interested to see it. Job done, surely?


Ian Clark April 26, 2013 at 14:40

By the phrase well worn is that I always found the print version of New Empress unique, alternative and different approch from the main stream of Empire, Film 2013 etc..

Scarecrow may have disappeared in the mist of time, it just could have been presented with more imagination than in a cinema to make it stand out in a very muddy field of film journalist talks to camera in a cinema.

It is not just the person talking on screen that makes a video work and gains a audiences attention.

I had a personal preference to the earlier videos formats.


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