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Sun, 21 Feb 1993 19:42:57 -0500
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Cal Pryluck, You raise an interesting point by asking if all messages
(I suppose you mean FILMED messages) have a viewpoint, and, if so, do
those viewpoints necessarily reflect the feelings of the producer. I'm
doubtful that all messages have a viewpoint (other than the obvious
positioning of the camera). A fly-over of an active volcano may have the
following message: This sucker might blow any minute. Yet, there is no
attempt to judge that eruption as good or bad. And let's suppose that the
purpose of the fly-over in the first place was for the producer to film
a volcano he thinks is about to blow; even then another observer might
see this "filmed evidence" and interpret it differently. To that person,
the filmed message would be: This sucker won't blow in a million years.
It does seem safe, though, to say that MOST messages come wearing their
viewpoints like the proverbial chips on the shoulder. ---- this rasies
a parallel question: Is there symbolism in a movie scene if it was not
intended? My opinion is that symbolism MIGHT be present without the
intention of the filmmaker. Any takers? Ernie.