Sunday, August 13, 2006

What I Missed the First Time

Have you ever watched a movie more than once? Isn't it surprising the additional tidbits you somehow missed the first time?

I watched V for Vendetta yesterday and scenes are still going through my head. Things the inspector said about St. Mary's and Three Rivers. Things V said (oh so quickly) that presented windows into his past and how he thought today. This is a fantastic film. (See IMDB for an accurate comment.) The trailer makes it seem very horrific but that is not the case. There is violence, but it's controlled and the overall excitement made my heart pound. A little scary how the movie reflects a concern that hit the papers today: using prisoners as pharmaceutical test subjects. NY Times Consider looking into MK Ultra.

It also brings to mind that there are other situations in which we have to re-view to gather all the visual input; like how a goal developed in a hockey game, or how a particular block made possible a long touchdown run. There are other movies, such as Office Space, that we watch repeatedly to appreciate all the different subtleties. We find more twists and turns each time.

Then there are other videos, like the Zapruder film which, after its release to the public, had everyone doubting the lone-gunman theory. Perhaps that was the reason (?) for withholding it: keep the public believing the simple government answer.
Then there are videos already available for the public to see, if they wish, of the World Trade Center buildings (1, 2 and 7) falling straight to the ground. Think of what an inferno looks like and that’s what the Windsor building in Madrid, Spain experienced. A steel building, 32 stories was engulfed in flames for 21 hours. Yet it did not collapse. No steel structure has experienced a total collapse due to fire either before or since 9/11. WTC 7 had only a few fires and was not hit by a plane, yet it fell straight down to the ground, just like WTC 1 and 2 – nearly freefall.

So repeated viewing of a film can give us new or fuller insights, and sometimes surprises.

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