Movie Mom

Movie Mom


Tribute: David Carradine

posted by Nell Minow

Fans throughout the world mourn the loss of David Carradine. The son of actor John Carradine (“The Grapes of Wrath”), he first achieved success as the star of the television series “Kung Fu,” where he played a mysterious Western character who had been trained in the then-obscure Chinese method of combat. He is probably best remembered now as the title character in Quentin Taratino’s two “Kill Bill” movies.

My friend Adam Bernstein wrote about Carradine’s legacy in the Washington Post. And my friend Mike Clark reminded me of Carradine’s best performance in the 1976 biography of Woody Guthrie, “Bound for Glory.”



  • Alicia

    I recently read the “Kill Bill Diaries” which highlighted Carradine’s ability as an entertaining and fascinating storyteller. Ever since “Kung Fu,” I’ve been a big fan, and I am so sorry about this untimely death.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    I’ve heard the “Kill Bill Diaries” are terrific, Alicia — thanks for mentioning them. I always felt he had more to offer than most of his movie appearances permitted him to show.

  • http://www.fischlerwarner.com Steve

    He will be missed.

  • Alicia

    In Carradine’s own words (from “The Kill Bill Diary”):
    “I figured out a long time ago that we were all living in a little box. We think it’s the world, but it’s just a box. If we work at it really hard, superhumanly hard, we break out of that box, and find ourselves in a truly big, wide world. But if we continue to evolve, we’ll eventually discover that this New World is nothing but a bigger box. And then, maybe, we’ll break out of that one into, yes, yet another much bigger box. The process may be endless. I don’t know. I may not live long enough to find out. And, if there is no end to it, it doesn’t matter how long I live, or how many times I reinvent myself, I’ll never come to an ending to the journey.”

Previous Posts

Exclusive Clip -- Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave
Alpha and Omega are back! And we are lucky to have an exclusive clip. <!-- Start of Brightcove Player -->   <div style="display:none">   </div>   <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at htt

posted 10:11:29am Sep. 21, 2014 | read full post »

The Best TV for Kids May Be Online
Children have more choices than ever on television, but some of the best viewing for kids is online. Common Sense Media has a great list of family-friendly YouTube stars. I'd add EvanTube to the list. Newsweek calls him The Most Popular Kid You've Never Heard Of, with 272 million views of his engagi

posted 3:59:29pm Sep. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Fifty Years of Fiddler on the Roof
The Yiddish-language stories of Sholem Alechim, collected as Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad Stories (Library of Yiddish Classics), inspired one of the most successful, influential, and widely performed Broadway musicals of all time, "Fiddler on the Roof," which opened fifty years ago this week.

posted 8:00:47am Sep. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Great Cinematographers on Instagram
Indiewire has a gorgeous array of Instagram feeds from Hollywood cinematographers. Be sure to talke a look so you can follow them.

posted 8:00:27am Sep. 19, 2014 | read full post »

De-fictionalizing Products in Movies and Television: Life Imitating Art
Fast Company has an article about Omni Consumer Products, a "de-fictionalizing" company that looks for products in movies and television that do not really exist and makes them available. As the sole proprietor of Omni Consumer Products, [Pete] Hottelet is constantly scanning the pop culture z

posted 8:00:17am Sep. 19, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.