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"Richard J. Leskosky" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 8 Aug 1994 01:22:31 -0500
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If I recall correctly (though vaguely), during the recent discussion of
TRUE LIES someone expressed a desire to see Krzysztof Kieslowski's WHITE as
an example of a  serious foreign film (and more worth seeing than TRUE
LIES).  I saw WHITE just a day or so ago and
                *********SPOILER ALERT*****
found its depiction of a husband getting back at his ex-wife (or forcing
her to admit that she still loves him) to be more repellent than anything
Harry does to  Helen in TRUE LIES.  In WHITE, the protagonist fakes his own
death, puts his ex-wife through the emotional turmoil of his funeral, then
shows up naked in her bed, then frames her for his "murder," and finally
winds up watching her through binoculars in her jail cell (where she
perhaps has gone mad or perhaps simply totally docile in the face of his
demonstrated ability to behave worse than she had).  Yet I haven't seen any
comments on that aspect of the film.  Has anyone else seen it and had a
similar reaction?
Richard J. Leskosky
Unit for Cinema Studies, UIUC
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