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November 1996, Week 3


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Tue, 19 Nov 1996 17:30:12 -0500
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Stephen Brophy wrote:
>  I just had an opportunity to watch "Blowup" over the weekend, and as
>you can imagine I paid considerable attention to the tennis game.  As
>the game gets underway, we only hear the sounds of the mime-players'
>bodies as they move around the court.  The sound of the ball only
>appears after the photographer picks it up from the grass and throws
>it back to the players.  Since the sound only comes in after he has
>involved himself in the pretense, I interpret it to represent some
>complex weakening of his mental state vis a vis reality, given what he
>has experienced through the night.
Or could it be said that the soundtrack reflects his own -- voluntary and
subjective -- participation in a certain reality?  Whether this constitutes
a weakening of his mental state, I can't say...
Aaron Curtiss
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