Posted July 18th, 2010 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Folklore
The last place I expected to encounter an intriguing piece of folklore was in the middle of a gritty crime movie like Serpico.
In Serpico, Al Pacino plays the part of an honest cop who is trying to cope with the rampant and widespread corruption of his colleagues in the New York Police force.
It’s a confronting and tense drama – one that saw Pacino nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1974 .
What it isn’t, however, is the sort of movie in which you expect to encounter a fairytale; and yet, in a scene in which Serpico and his girlfriend, Laurie, are talking about his dilemma, the following story is told:
"Did you ever hear the story of the Wise King?"
"Nope, but I got the feeling I’m gonna hear it."
"Well, there was this king, and he ruled over his kingdom. Right in the middle of the kingdom there was a well. That’s where everybody drank.
One night, this witch came along… and she poisoned the well.
And the next day, everybody drank from it except the king… and they all went crazy.
They got together in the street and they said… ‘We got to get rid of the king, ’cause the king is mad.’And then that night, he went down and he drank from the well.
And the next day all the people rejoiced… because their king had regained his reason.”
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