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Jeffrey Clapp <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 22 Feb 1994 19:42:10 EST
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> i agree that the film would have been much stronger had it
>ended tragically with her voluntary death in the silence of the underwater
>space--Ada and her "voice" united in self-imposed, eternal silence; the
>Other-world of the depths.
>In the rapture ocean's
>billowing roll,
>in the fragrence waves'
>ringing sound,
>in the world breath's
>wafting whole--
>to drown, to sink--
>   unconscious--highest joy!
>        -*Tristan and Isolde*
I agree, the film could have been more tragic and perhaps
more cathartic for the audience. She was afraid of life which
caused the muteness, but afraid of death as well (she choose to
be mute instead of catatonic). She was confronted and made a
choice. This film brought back to mind the story of the boy who
first becomes distant then goes catatonic dreaming of snow. It
was a short story then done on the original and newer twilight
Clapp, Jeffrey - Educational Television Developer
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