i’m not sure if i can quite put my finger on it, but i think that the monologue about the flea circus is the key to this. in about a minute and a half of dialogue, the director comments on how we consume movies.
jenkins’s wife insists that the flea circus is all a trick, working similar to a timepiece. but he believes so strongly that it’s real, he asks her to lower her voice so as not to offend the performers.
when we watch movies, we’re looking for an escape from our world. in doing so, we enter another. we can look for ways to shatter the illusion, poke holes in the reality that we’ve entered. but is it more rewarding to let the experience envelop us? do we learn more by inhabiting them, or transcending them?