RR Films: Heat

Here in the UK we seem to be enjoying something of a heatwave (well, we’ll enjoy it until it gets too much after a couple of days). So let’s celebrate heat of the solar-generated kind or, if you prefer, heat of the legal, pressure or even sexy kind……

I’ll start off with Spike Lee’s great Do The Right Thing. It is dripping with heat of all kinds and eventually it must explode.

What films about heat would you recommend?

18 thoughts on “RR Films: Heat

  1. Are you sure we didn’t do this topic, or something very similar, before? I think i put up Body Heat, which i seem to remember doing before. And so i will again. And i think i remember someone putting up Dog Day Afternoon as well.

    • Ah yes, we did Summer in the first post, amy. Other films nommed were Vertical Ray of the Sun (aka At the Height of Summer), A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Restless Natives, Jaws, Knick Knack, The Kings Of Summer, Do The Right Thing, Passport to Pimlico, One Crazy Summer.

      Something of an overlap, I agree, but there are other angles to ‘heat’?

      Or has this series run its course now?

      • Ok then. Next thought was Lawrence of Arabia, especially for the stunning desert cinematography that really visually showed the heat. But i’ve already put that up for something else.

        So i’ll go for another film set (partially) in the desert. With many other kinds of heat as well. The sexy kind, pressure (the (failed) attempt to get back to the cave before Kristin Scott-Thomas dies), being burnt in a plane crash, and bonus (it was in the book, can’t remember if it was in the film) bombing of Hiroshima at the end of The English Patient.

      • I don’t think it has run its course Chris, folks are just busy elsewhere I suppose.
        Anyway I am putting up Rear Window, because the heat and the resultant open windows are integral to the plot.

  2. I will nom The Day the Earth Caught Fire, an apocalyptic science fiction film from the early 1960s, the premise of which is that nuclear tests have altered the orbit of the Earth, making it move closer to the Sun, with predictable consequences.

  3. For heat of a sexual kind I would recommend another Lee film, Jungle Fever, in which a New York Italian, Annabella Sciorra, falls for a married Afro American, Wesley Snipes, and the attendant fall out from the relationship leads to the sort of racial tensions that Lee uses so well in all his films.

  4. I’ll suggest 12 Angry Men. The jury room drama about prejudices bubbling to the surface as the 12 men seek to make decision. As they discuss and argue the temperature in the room rises (literally and metaphorically) during an unbearable heat wave.
    I saw this at the theatre a couple of years ago. It was January, but somehow the theatre got really hot and stuffy. The audience felt at one with the performance. Very atmospheric.

  5. It’s a long time since I watched “In the Heat of the Night” but I’m sure I remember it being literally hot as well figuratively.
    The main theme of course is the racial tension between Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.

  6. The first film that popped into my head was Weekend at Bernie’s. At the beginning when they are on the office rooftop in a paddling pool with reams of 80s computer printout paper sticking to the tarmac….you can feel the heat!

  7. I got round to watching classic Australian movie by Ted Kotcheff, Wake in Fright earlier this year. Set in an outback mining town and about a stranded, indentured teacher who loses his money in a bet and is stuck without a means of getting home. It’s grim, stomach churning stuff and the constant oppressive heat adds to the feeling of strangeness.
    Best known for its quite frankly shocking scenes (some faked, some real) of drunken kangaroo hunting its a great, great movie … but not one i’d want to revisit that often.

  8. How about “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, with Liz Taylor and Paul Newman? Lots of sweating, simmering and boiling, and Liz in a slip.

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