On Thu, 28 Jul 1994, Donald Larsson wrote:
> This leads to a, I hope, more significiant question: Are there other films
> that plug particular social/political agendas and/or the filmmakers'/authors'
> works with elements of setting and such? (Another recent one that comes to
> mind is in THE SHADOW with a truck labeled "Mulcahy" and a sign for "
> Baldwin" cigarettes).
I like this question. As it happens, one of my favorite films for its
multi-layered symbolism, in dialogue as well as image, is "The
Terminator." Viewers may remember the nightclub Linda Hamilton ducks into
for escape: Tech-Noir. We briefly see the sign, and she gives the
club's name to Paul Winfield over the phone. Tech-Noir shows up in the
tail credits as the name of the film's production company.
And, of course, black (or bad/evil) technology is a main theme of the film,
shown repeatedly, not only in the character of The Terminator, but at
other levels as well (e.g., the ironic non-helpful way is which the
answering machine is used, or the tape player headphones worn by Beth Motta.)
Good question. (Actually, I kinda like these exercises. They are a
nice opportunity to share and receive some interesting observations.)
On the sunny side,
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