Cinema: O Pioneer!

ZANDY'S BRIDE

Directed by JAN TROELL

Screenplay by MARC NORMAN

"I got the right," Zandy snarls as he proceeds to rape Hannah his mailorder bride. It is a PG rape—no nudity or bad language. The assumption apparently is that somehow such discretion makes it easier for parents to offer guidance about why that bad man is doing that bad thing to that nice lady.

Still, one is almost grateful for this opportunity to muse once again over the asininity of the rating system, since the rest of this predictable slice of frontier life (the setting is California's Big Sur country) offers almost nothing to think...

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