The Fly reminds me that Todd Haynes' Safe woud be another good, albeit more obvious, allegory for AIDS
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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.
Dr Michelle Langford
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