SCREEN-L Archives

April 1995, Week 2


Options: Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Show All Mail Headers

Message: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Author: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
Kristine Butler <[log in to unmask]>
Reply To:
Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 10 Apr 1995 15:15:42 CDT
text/plain (38 lines)
----------------------------Original message----------------------------
At 3:53 PM 4/5/95 -0500, Donald Larsson wrote:
>----------------------------Original message----------------------------
>Kristine Butler writes:
>"I'd like to elicit a mass brainstorming effort: I'm working on an idea
>concerning films in which a pre-recorded message plays a part in conveying
>narrative information (an answering machine, a tape player, etc.).
>Example: in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Pepa's boyfriend
>exists primarily as the messages he leaves on her answering machine.
>Anything you can think of would be greatly appreciated. More on this
>later. Thanks!!"
>Do you mean only *electronically* pre-recorded messages? There are many, many
> examples of *print* messages having a role in the narrative.
>Two electronic sources that come to mind are the original film verison of DEATH
> OF
>A SALESMAN, which includes a wire recorder, and the giant on-the-wall
> reel-to-reel answering maching in Mike Hammer's apartment in KISS ME DEADLY.
>Don Larsson, Mankato State U. (MN)
First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who has been submitting ideas to
this effort. Just to let you know, I will be keeping in touch on the uses
I make of this information. At the moment I'm only information-gathering,
but my primary work on this will be in the summer and the fall. At
sometime in the nearish future, I'll send a copy of my prospectus to
In response to Don Larsson's question, yes, I do only mean electronically
pre-recorded messages, as I am looking primarily at sound recordings.
Kris Butler
University of Minnesota
[log in to unmask]