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Patrick B Bjork <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 31 May 1994 11:38:55 -0500
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You may have located some textual indeterminacy in _Sneakers_ and, if so,
that is very post-structuralist of you. Bravo! On the other hand, the
interplay between the Mafia/socialism/capitalism could just be a
production blunder which is fairly common during the many rewrites that
the usual script undergoes.
However, I suspect the "evil" Cosmos hellbent on destroying capitalism is
a farily common  Hollywood filmmaking ploy. Characters in mainstream
American films who attempt to instigate some kind of socio-economic
change, how ever well-intentioned in the beginning, are eventually
delimted to being wackos. Consider the many beatnik or hippy depictions
from the '50's and '60's or isn't there a recent film with Michael Douglas
who is at first depicted as downtrodden American attempting to rectify
societal wrongs, and who, in the end, appears as just another nutcase?
The name of the film escapes me.
Patrick [log in to unmask]
"The true name of the game is power to define and hence control people's
perceptions of reality." --Philip K. Dick