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Bet MacArthur <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 12 Sep 2000 21:18:38 EDT
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Greetings --
While many of us would say that a film is .in itself. an interpretation of
the makers' image --- here I am instead seeking suggestions of readily
acquirable films from any period which .contain. scenes of a character(s)
offering an interpretation about something to another character(s) -- whether
of an event, or of the second person's (or someone else's) behavior, or of
something the 2d person has said, or about a third party's behavior or
     Eg: the last scene of _Psycho_ where Martin Balsam explains (inerprets)
the landscape of Norman Bates' madness to the gathered detectives.  OR:
Woody Allen following his wife around the apartment in _Deconstructing Harry_
spewing any number of manipulative interpretations about her needs or
intentions -- clearly 'acts of aggression' on his part.
     I am sure there are countless good examples from drama and comedy
of1930-2000, including in some recent pop films (a colleague suggested
looking in some of Jim Carrey's movies, for example).   Yes, even movies
where an actual psychiatrist or analyst offers an interpretation to a patient
would be fine, too.
    Any help will be most welcome. Time sensitivity: by October 15.
Best regards,
   Bet MacArthur        Cambridge MA

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