Ken Mogg wrote: Now, please, what is the 'obvious' sexual symbol in STRANGERS ON A TRAIN when Miriam's strangling is reflected in a lens of her glasses lying on the grass (the other lens has been cracked)? I'd love to know! My mind simply goes 'boingg!' when Wood says the symbolism is obvious. Is the lens supposed to represent spilt semen, or something? (But semen isn't reflective.) A ruptured hymen? (But that sounds far-fetched to me.) The equivalent of birds attacking people's eyes in THE BIRDS? (Ditto.) Ken, Wood was probably referring to the Hollywood convention of eyeglasses denoting the power of the "look", which in theory-speak means that anyone who has the power to look at other people (in Hollywood, almost always men looking at women, thus the connotation of sexuality) also has power over them in other ways. There's been alot of work done on the way women have been depowered in Hollywood films very simply by removing their glasses, symbolizing that their ability to be on the "looking" rather than the "looked at" side of the relationship has been taken away. Just a thought. Jason Lapeyre York University ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.