Wisdom of the Classic Films, Full of Demonstrations of Social-Distancing

Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Hannibal Lecter, for example, and the cowboy who keeps 30 paces from either of his dueling foes

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C ontemporary movies, or “films,” for the gratuitously pretentious among us, have suffered of late. As a result, America is directionless when confronting the viral threat. Our celebrities have been found to be far less the fabulous deities of the new age — primped and painted for the red carpets and in-person interviews — than horrifyingly ungodly, mere mortals who suffer bad-hair days. One cannot take virological advice from a celebrity with an unmade bed on a Zoom call with Ellen.

What then are we to do? To whom should we look? Not organized religion, obviously. It’s much too exacting and the


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