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Ruben Garcia-Loureda <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 8 Nov 1994 12:13:34 CST
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On Sat, 5 Nov 1994 09:00:01 CST, someone said.
>>        Is there a more wonderful aquarium scene in all of cinema than the
>>one in LADY FROM SHANGHAI?  And do Esther Williams musicals deserve a
>>mention?  Someone has, I think, mentioned THE GRADUATE, but it's worth
>>noting as well that Nichols uses the 'Scope screen (and a car windshield,
>>and a scuba mask) and the aquarium as visual motifs.  There's a notable
>>fishtank (and color fish!) in RUMBLE FISH.  A fishtank gets licked by a cat
>>after a sex scene in DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN.  And finally, those who
>>know the codes of Hong Kong gangster films know that a scene beginning in a
>>restaurant with a large fish tank will almost always end with gunfire
>>exploding the tank and sending fish all over the floor (I recall this
>>happens in YEAR OF THE DRAGON, Cimino's awful film as well).
>>By the way, what was the point of all this fishtank spotting??
I do not want to establish any controversial points. What follows it
is just a personnal point of view.
THERE IS a more wonderful aquarium scene than the one in LADY FROM SANGHAI.
Don't forget the extraordinarius aquarium sequence in
Stanley Donen's "ARABESQUE", with all kind of fishes and anfibious animals
"following" one of the most curious couple in the history of cinema:
Gregory (egiptologist) Peck and Sofia (white leather boots) Loren.
I remember a shot in which a leopard-shark cross the frame "trying"
to catch Sofia's reflection on its fish tank. What a sugerent and
sensual sequence! (Great music and ambience track, also)
Since I have lost part of the messages of this discussion topic,
please disregard my  message if somebody pointed out "ARABESQUE"
Ruben Garcia-Loureda
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