Five ‘cir­cu­lat­ing ob­ject’ movies

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The in­flu­en­tial film his­to­rian David Bord­well has used the phrase “cir­cu­lat­ing ob­ject” to de­scribe films in which some com­mon en­tity links oth­er­wise un­re­lated sto­ries. WINCH­ESTER ’73 ( An­thony Mann,1950) It’s a ri­fle. James Ste­wart, Shel­ley Win­ters and Rock Hud­son are among those who en­counter the weapon in Mann’s great western.

THE YEL­LOW ROLLS

ROYCE ( An­thony Asquith, 1964) It’s a car. Scripted by Ter­rence Rat­ti­gan, the creaky drama places Rex Har­ri­son, Jeanne Moreau and Shirley MacLaine on the plush seats.

AU HASARD BALT­HAZAR (Robert Bres­son, 1966) It’s a don­key. Bres­son’s heart-break­ing film de­tails the suf­fer­ing of that crea­ture un­der var­i­ous own­ers.

THE RED VI­OLIN ( François Gi­rard, 1998) It’s a vi­olin. The in­stru­ment ap­pears first in 17th-cen­tury Italy and, after many ad­ven­tures with Sa­muel L Jack­son, among oth­ers, ends upin 29th-cen­tury Canada.

WARHORSE ( Steven Spiel­berg, 2011) It’s a horse. Joey is buf­feted from sol­dier to farmer through­out the first World War.

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