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Upon my second viewing, Pete’s sermon/performance around the bottle with Tyrone Power on Zeena’s stage really stands out as the thematic core of the film. The linking of the spiritual/religious with alcohol and trickery/cons is everything the rest of this film is about. Of course it’s almost entirely repeated later in the cyclical, fatalistic third act to drive it all home but stands as a dark omen, as do the Geek’s off camera screams, that haunts the rest…
The weird alchemical magic of this film is the way is steadily burrows deeper into your brain further with every passing year and only gets better and better with every viewing.
I first really hated DePalma’s indulgent, formally and sexually transgressive thriller. But with age, repeat viewings, and a deeper connection to the 70s/80s giallo movement, the filmmaking world of Los Angeles, and my own personal connection to lgbtq and kink communities, the richer themes emerge and the more surface…
A spattering of random thoughts.
This mystery plays more “by the rules” than almost any other giallo of its ilk and theres a certain pleasure in being able to actually play along without ever getting ahead of the mystery or feeling duped. (even though I love a batshit third act insanity this genre tends to prefer). The real twist is the lack of an insane twist I guess.
OF COURSE this is cribbed from a Cornell Woolrich story. Woolrich and…
I can finally stop biting my tongue about how much I love this movie!!! And the first time I saw it it didnt even have the amazing Howard Shore score yet. Seeing it in theatres with an amazing group of friends (all dressed to the nines for the occasion) only made me love it all the more.
This feels like a culmination of so many ideas across Cronenberg’s entire filmography. You can see pieces from Rabid, Scanners, Videodrome, Crash, Dead…
I love Lana Wachowski so fucking much. The funniest, most personal, emotional, and jaw dropping franchise/reboot film I’ve ever seen. As much of herself on the screen, writ large through the electric medium of pop blockbusters, as the very first film. A masterstroke in a career built on transforming and redefining movies of this kind. Gives me so much inspiration and hope for the future.