I was watching RotLA last night, and a few things have always bothered me about the bar scene.
1) Jack Daniels is not a high enough proof to ignite the way they make it look, you need a spirt over 120 proof, not 90 proof, think cherries flambe, we use 151 rum to ignite that.
2) How the hell in Nepal has the kinda cash to buy the liqour Marion is serving there. We see a bottle of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Red. In the mid 1930 in a country like that? Give me a break, you would need some pretty spendy people to bu these drinks, not locals, unless this is an upscale bar. Jack Daniels in Bars in Africa today, is a supre pemium, hell most bars in America can not afford to put JD in their well, and it is always a call drink.
3) The beautiful back bar. While we never really get to see what her back bar is stocked with, it looks like a lot of excotic Cognacs, and high end spirts (each spirt bottle has an individual shape) once again this tells me a ton of money has been spent stocking this bar, and form whom. I doubt this was an international crossroads for travelers?
Wouldn't you, wavign around 3,000 bucks, in 1930's money . . . Hell, I bet J-Z would be all over him . . .(kidding, my innocent threads seem to get closed down easy around here), but really does anyone else think the selection of booze is strange?
What language, i think you can find that word int he bible?
Which word, dirty, stinkin' or whore, because last time I checked none of these were offensive. This is a serious thread about a question abotu on of the most serious scenes in RotLA? Where is the problem?
Again the line of what language passes and what doesn't pass is very vague, and seems to change at random!
Well, back to the serious nature of this thread, does anyone else think it is strange that Marion has these expensive imported liqours at her bar in Asia? Really, and was this a mistake tryoing to make Jack Daniels more flammable than it really is? Any thoughts?
You know, I never saw this post in all the years I have been on Indy forums. My assumption was that is was pretty seedy looking at the clientele and the betting and other goings on. I never thought about the choice of liquor. Interesting...
I have seen Jack Daniels at every bar I have gone to in the northeast, as well as several throughout the country. Is it really considered a primo whiskey? In fact, I am seeing a lot of the single malt Scotch whiskys coming onto the scene. Particularly Glenlivet.
Actually, in America we look down at Jack Daniels, but in fact it really is a high end whiskey, no not as high end as a single batch Bourbon, or even a single barrell whiskey, remember all bourbon is whiskey but not all whiskey is bourbon. The difference is in the three grains, barley, corn, and rye. To be bourbon, it must be over 50% corn (the best of the three grains) and aged in 100% new American Oak barrells (usually with a heavy char or toast). Jack Daniels is everywhere in America but is much more expensive than even Jim Beam. Now import is a totally different thing. Jack Daniels is actually very expensive in Asial esp Japan and China, where it is considered excellent. So to see JD, and even Johnny Walker Red (a high quailty blened Scoth Whisky) seems very srange if the Raven is a dive bar.
Single malt is a totally different story, actually all canidain, scoth, and Irish Whiskey are all very different
I agree, the whole thing is fishy . . . The ude she is int he drinking contest with looks Scottish, not Asian, well he actually looks drunk, so I guess that makes him Irish.
I thought the drinking game loser is a identified as an Australian (Austrian?) climber. Perhaps the Raven was a jumping off point for climbing parties and many left bottles with their hosts as parting gifts.
Location: Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Canadian from Montreal)
A mountaineering base is what I've always imagined the setting to be and
would explain why the matte doesn't show any other signs of population.
The crowd at The Raven that night appears to be an Australian climbing party
and their sherpas celebrating a hearty climb. Maybe their ascent was cut short
due to bad weather? It doesn't look pleasant out there. (Winter is on its way
and I really hate to think about snow right now)!
Joe, good explanation for why the bottles would be there. These threads
below touched on the subject, too.