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"Laramee, Michael J" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 7 Mar 2009 15:33:52 -0500
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The Fly reminds me that Todd Haynes' Safe woud be another good, albeit more obvious, allegory for AIDS

From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jonathan Cullum [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2009 9:06 AM
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Subject: Re: [SCREEN-L] Allegorical (Hollywood) films

These come to mind...

-THE FLY, David Cronenberg.  You'll find popular press reviews
examining the film as an allegory about the AIDS epidemic.

-MULHOLLAND DRIVE, David Lynch.  Interesting film techniques, yes.
Meaning beyond the surface, maybe.

-INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and a lot of other 1950s sci-fi, as an
allegory for McCarthyism, tension over real or suspected Communism,

-NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, George A. Romero.  Civil Rights, Vietnam

-LOLITA, Adrian Lyne.  Note the devilish editing of Frank Langella's
scenes as Quilty.

Jonathan Cullum, M.A.

>>> Michelle Langford <[log in to unmask]> 3/3/2009 6:24 PM >>>
I'd also like to include a couple of Hollywood films which have been
allegorically. In particular ones which are not necessarily
simply on a narrative level, but use interesting film techniques to
the viewer to meaning beyond the surface.

Oh, and please don't mention Star Wars!!!!

All suggestions welcome.
PS. I have a Benjamin/Deleuzian take on allegory.

Warm regards,
Michelle Langford

Dr Michelle Langford
School of English, Media and Performing Arts
The University of New South Wales
Sydney 2052 Australia
Room: Webster 311O
Phone: + 61 2 9385 4489
Fax: + 61 2 9385 6812

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