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Jeffrey Clapp <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 22 Feb 1994 19:03:46 EST
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>Do you remember the scene when the H. Hunter character is waiting on the
>beach with her daughter?  The piano is crated.  Yet, the Hunter character
>removes a piece of wood and plays on whatever keys she can.  In this
>scene she has to speak/play her sensual music.  Later on, after the
>Keitel character makes his proposition, he crawls under her dress while
>she plays.  He finds a hole in her stocking.  He sticks his finger into
>the hole and touches her ivory white skin, while she tickles the ivories.
>Thus, the metaphor completes itself and the connection is further
>established between them.  She played a little on the beach, he played a
>little on her.
>Dennis Ross
Yes that was a very evocative scene with the wood, it reminded me
of the Cray brothers animations (Seen on MTV and festivals) where
small things happen that have larger consequences. I also
extrapolated to her being in a nailed shut wooden crate (coffin)
at the end with a small shaft of light or the piano key being put
inside. Fortunately you can't guess the ending of all films at
the beginning. I think it also was a metaphor for her state of
mind in that she lived in a personal world (agoraphobia???) in the
piano, under the dress on the beach, muteness, and he got in.
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