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Not the exact masterpiece I remember it being the first time around, but many sequences still overwhelm me years later. The 10 minute sequence where Stroheim and Wray meet for the first time is still one of the finest instances of Stroheim's ability to both situate romanticized images and myths within a deeper sociological study of internalized perceptions of class as well as recontextualize those same romanticized images by replacing their romantic presuppositions of nature with those of biological essentialism/determinism.…
With regards to the franchise's use of metaphors and Anno's statement that the religious symbolism only exists to look cool and has no actual connection to real religion, it is first worth remembering that the highest purpose of metaphors should be, ultimately, to dynamize the pre-existing reality and diegesis of the fiction. The most notable thing to understand about using one concept or object in place of another is that the replacing object should be, in some way, closely associated…
Couldn't even make it 20 minutes in. Sucking the color, saturation, tone, and dynamism from your compositions and framing devices just to surprise your audience with whatever gimmicky trick camera move you got (jump cuts, ellipses, suddenly changing the color of the lighting for dramatic effect under the excuse of the supernatural, and a lot of rollercoaster-y camera moves) without actually creating proper dynamism with said gimmicks outside of aforementioned surprise element is just a classic case of being an…