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the big and the little
- don letta
Yesterday TCM showed two films with a similar theme... power. One was artificial and "big", the other was small and low budget. The big one was Spirit of St. Louis, the other was Patterns. While the big one featured big names like James Stewart, Billy Wilder and Leland Hayward, the small one was written by a man with television creds, and featured a list of excellent, though decidedly second string players.Patterns emerges as the hands-down winner. Dealing honestly with corporate zeal and how it destroys human spirit. It draws no conclusion one way or the other as to what's right or wrong, but it does present both sides equally and honestly. The acting, across the board is of the highest quality. The message continues to rule and riddle us.
This was, in my opinion, an Independent's answer to the 1954 Executive Suite (brilliant film!) by MGM. Dialogue, dialogue, dialogue! I love thoughtful, meaningful dialogue. Very dramatic and powerful. Staples' wife was the doctor of parapsychology in Poltergeist. Notice the conflict with the old school Executive Engineer's (Begley) ideas to the "new" transition in corporate management; as was happening post-WWII, and now we see that our U.S. Industrialists sold-out, folded, or fled the U.S. for cheaper labor & less responsible, ethical regulations. See Executive Suite for more on how corporations morphed. Recommend!
Patterns of Glory
Shakespearean of speech/Nietchiean of will/men at their best/women at their most/God in His heaven- every character completed what he or she was about! This unadorned, music-less movie deserves maximum recognition for its exploration of greatness.
Remarkable & Realistic
Remarkable film. I am amazed (Rod Serling fan that I am) that I never heard of this film before. I used to work for a Fortune 200 company at their home office. Mine was only an enterprise support position, but I served the top officers of the company, assisted in their executive board meetings and more. Though this film was made more than 50 years ago, there is much similarity to what I saw daily where it has to do with the routine business operations. The early part of the story was particularly typical, including the executive row of offices, but there were only a couple of differences: Where I worked even the new executive officers went through orientation before starting work. And the CEO's secretary did not select the interior decorating as all of what they called 'real estate' had to comply with corporate interior design specifications. Serling's depiction of executive demeanor and board room ambiance was remarkably true. For these reasons I thought this was an excellent film.
- bob galardi
i remembered this movie from the time i was only 19 yrs old and had just started my way up in corporate america .. over decades i had seen much of this as power plays and discions made yet not always for the best . eventually all this deciet and degeneration proved that poople werent going remain in the corperate structure but before leaving had to have had a nest egg for thier later years of support . i remember one member of the american stock exhanged who has give his entire life to his old firm a stallwarth on wall street but when he became 65 even thought he worked like a plow horse was asked to resign .. a month later on his way to a newly purchaces home in florida he passed away from a heart attack .. i swore this would never happent to me on that day ..but over the years working on the NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE and being a general partner in some 4 firms i continued to see older men shown the door as thier services were no longer wanted and younger men taking over for less money and pensions were hardly even heard of back then . the ira and 401 was at least a better ending than a gold watch and a hand shake after some 40 yrs of good service by good men .. yes i saw it and lived it ..i have a lot more to tell about the coporate life of an executive ... bobby g
- James Higgins
A simple film, it doesn't have a big budget, no big names involved. And it shows what you can do with brilliant character development, superb writing and a director who knows how to use it. It's a powerful story, just as poignant today as it was in 1956, and just as pertinent. The acting is excellent, from everyone. Van Heflin is well cast, Ed Begley is fantastic, Beatrice Straight and George Macready as well, but it's Elizabeth Wilson as the secretary that gives the best performance in the film. She is real and fully convincing. You get so involved with the characters and you care about them. The pacing is perfect. A superb study of people, morals and relationships. It's not a film you can easily forget.
The Power of a Visonary in Motion
- Cleophas Jacobs
The movie "Patterns" impressed upon me, a strength of conviction in purpose that can exist in the mind and soul of an Individual, where compassion for 'another' will often take a 'back seat'in favor of ones own zeal. It may also depict, that forces of intimitdating strength may lay away hidden in characteres of men, who one day, are considered as great leaders, while the victims of their 'crushing steps' dissapear as weaklings, never to be ever significantly remembered again. The 'Success of the Corporation' eventually stands Monumental. Is not, that the attitude of 'Manifest Destiny,' be responsible for the building of Great Nations? ---- as to say --- Only the Strong Survive? Would a 'balancing act' between 'Leader and Subject' slow down the rate of growth and progress of the 'Corproation' and favor a stronger more perpetuitous existance,--- of the Corporation, --- in the Bonds of Peace, Love and Equitable, Good Business Savy?