Cinema: Swinging for the Fences

THE NATURAL Directed by Barry Levinson Screenplay by Roger Towne and Phil Dusenberry

In myth, baseball is a circle of light in a world increasingly darkened by corruption. It is a clean, green place that absorbs, preserves and reflects back upon us, through the heroically magnified deeds of its adepts, the purity with which, as children open to and eager for enchantment, we first encountered it. This game is a mind game, an ideal, and one that seems an almost lost legend for which people nowadays mourn, as they do for many things that...

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