A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Snakes In Movies

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Snakes in Movies
Lizards in Movies
Turtles in Movies
Amphibians in Movies
Alligators and Crocodiles
in Movies
Snake Face
All Movie Snakes
Must Die!
All Movie Snakes
Want to Kill You!
Snake Bites
Snakes Used
as Weapons
Giant Monster Snakes with a Taste
for Human Flesh
Pet Snakes
Snakes Used
to Shock Us
Dancing With Snakes
Snake Charmers
Snake People
Snakes Used Realistically
Snakes Used for
Food or Medicine
Snake Fights
Throwing and
Whipping Snakes
Black Mambas
Boas, Pythons,
and Anacondas

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The Born Fighter (Fighting Elegy) (1966)
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One of the members of a boy's fighting club pulls a snake out of his shirt and puts it on a table. Then he takes a homemade mace he just made, a ball of stuff with nails sticking out from it, to be used a gang fight soon to happen, and swings it down at the snake. We don't see it hit the snake. Later he picks up what looks like a dead snake from the table and flings it around his neck and walks away. (We can see the snake moving, not looking dead at all, but I presume we're supposed to assume he really smashed it.) Examples of animal cruelty like this show how weak and powerless somebody is that they need to destroy a harmless and defenseless animal, but instead I suspect that Seijun Suzuki, the director, means to show us how tough he is. I didn't enjoy this film nearly as much as Suzuki's films that came before and after it - Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill, two of the best Japanese films of the '60s.

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