<This notion of men as the uncontrollable force of nature and woman as the civilizer seems more common. When approached through Erich Fromm's perspective on feminine and masculine (respectfully motherly and fatherly) roles of God, [The Art of Loving], one may find that man's lack of control, namely aggression, IS his control. Woman is the opennness of nature, where life begins and grows. Further that a fatherly role is to induce penetration, guidance and discipline. This is contrary to the masculine force of God as "uncontrollable," thus resulting in insanity: Should men instill boundaries and labels, for since he has, the obvious result has been mayhem? Further still, man admits to the superiority of the motherly role of God everytime he feels good about going home or about getting in touch with nature. Through man's insane aggression, the truth is obscured: we can live better without it. Now that most men and women alike have gone insane to some point, who may communicate to them, through what movie or medium at all, will their *closed* minds *open* AND ADMIT THE DEFEAT OF AGGRESSION? This must be done in an UNpenetrative fashion or the response would be more aggression, rather than understanding. There is a recent real life story which is probably getting scripted as I write, on the humbling fall of the U.S.S.R., that clearly symbolizes the futility of aggression. <It also seems to me that the only possible outcome to a confrontation between a Romantic vision of nature and "civilized" man that does not result in the suppression of nature must be that man "goes native", ala SPLASH...If I recall correctly CAT PEOPLE with Nastasia Kinski ended similarly. SPLASH is a good example of *Romantic* non-suppression of nature. CAT PEOPLE is not, for even though the protagonist Irena becomes a cat, she still kills as the cat. This hostility is a perversion of life's original purpose, growth. Here again, viewed through Fromm's motherly and fatherly God roles, Irena returns to nature, by becoming the cat, because she is unwilling to submit to man's boundaries. Becoming the cat is her way of assuming balance between the oppossing forces. After all, what has more balance than a cat? It's just par for the course (of men) that Val Lewton had to appease the RKO's sadism by including some sort of aggression, insanity, murder, thus HORROR. To fight aggression with aggression automatically loses the battle, aggression wins by default. There is a desperate need for movies to turn the viewer into pro-life. The key to destroying the sword is balance. Humble those barriers through education, it is the balance of both forces of nature, which is also god, the balance being both unoppossed and unrestrained. That's all. ____________________________________________________________________ LYNN A. SPRAGUE Hey vanity, get thee behind me, 32BWGRR@CMUVM for I know your father. CMU SOPHOMORE Hey vanity, you can't make ME sorry JRN major/Ad concentration for all the good I have stood for.