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On 10/21/94 Cynthia Fuchs wrote:
> i do see this image as being abt power: the rednecks call
>both willis/butch and rhames/marsellus "niggers," and it's unclear
>exactly what torture is coming up until we see it (i guess, though this may
>assume you haven't seen enough movies.....) the point is that anal rape
>is the worst possible fate, and the one that "deserves" dire payback.
 
But when Butch "comparison shops" the hammer, baseball bat, chainsaw, and
samurai sword, before we see exactly what Marcellus is undergoing, we know
that "dire payback" is already in the offing (so to speak).
 
With regard to your parenthetical remark about having seen or not having
seen enough movies to expect exactly what's revealed behind the door, just
what movies did you have in mind??
 
--Richard
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Richard J. Leskosky                     Only the ephemeral is of lasting value.
Unit for Cinema Studies, UIUC                    --Ionesco
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