Thursday, July 14, 2011
"The Princess Bride": 1987 layered fantasy anticipates today's blockbusters, even Royal Wedding
In a countryside that looks a bit like Middle Earth, the Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) is to marry Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and is kidnapped to incite a war. The adventurer Westley (Cary Elwes) will negotiate a land of Chaucer-like characters to save her, including Vizzini played by Wallace Shawn (“My Dinner with Andre”), but not after undergoing “rendition” himself in a rather provocative-looking “torture machine”.
There is a wedding scene that in retrospect would seem like a parody of the recent Royal Wedding, and she never says “I do.” That becomes critical when Westley finally is reunited with her, when he utters a now famous line often showing up in heterosexual tweets: “There is a shortage of perfect breasts in the world. It would be a pity to damage yours.”
The film still has the following official site, link.