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Simon Hart <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 9 Aug 1994 11:46:23 +1200
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I found the revenge aspect of White more amusing than repellent. I feel
that you must take Kieslowskis Trois Couleurs as one, and only then will
the voyeurism (metaphor) become apparent.
>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
>office phone: (217) 244-2704
>FAX: (217) 244-2223