DIGGSTOWN, A CULT CLASSIC BY JAMES WOODS

DIGGSTOWN, A CULT CLASSIC BY JAMES WOODS

I first saw “Diggstown” in a theater, which means I saw it in 1992 after returning from the recently-collapsed USSR. In Cincinnati. I immediately tagged it as classic, passed it onto my sons, more avid movie-goers who concurred.

But I didn’t go to see James Wood. I had always loved Bruce Dern (the heavy in this film) and Lou Gossett, Jr.

Of course, today James Wood is a star of conservatism and Twitter, on almost as many most-hated lists as Donald Trump. Even Sara. Good company, all.

But a film like “Diggstown” you don’t care about anyone’s politics. Besides GHW Bush was still in the White House, the early bets on the peace dividend were only just being wagered, the Clintons still in Arkansas, and Monica Lewinsky was just graduating from high school. The coming onslaught on American morals were still a year or two in the making.

For many in the Baby Boomer generation (I’m 72) the Clinton regime was a genuine crucible, for we all had to confront dozens of inconsistencies (actually, tugs of war) in our own belief systems, that had been nagging at us since the Vietnam War…from basic morality, true good and evil, to the true nature of American exceptionalism, and where it resided and did not (that study continues) in American society. A law class ahead of Bill Clinton, we all recognized his type easily from that era…some admired it, others not so much.

Wikipedia tells us that the Clintons changed James Wood’s politics entirely[…]

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