Tip o' My Brain

March 29, 2007

Death and the Maiden

Filed under: Movies are, like, so cool — kryptobrent @ 9:23 am

I saw the movie Death and the Maiden, directed by Roman Polanski, the other day.  It’s about a woman who lives with her husband in an unnamed South American country that has just achieved democracy after suffering under a brutal fascist regime.  The woman, played by Sigourney Weaver, was part of the underground movement, and was at one time captured and brutally tortured.  Her husband, also formerly with the underground and now a prosecutor, has been tasked with bringing those formerly in charge to justice.

The story, which I won’t go into too much here, takes place when a man who the woman believes is one of her former torturers, played by Ben Kingsley, unwittingly stumbles into their house.  What happens next I won’t tell you, although I should warn you, there’s a lot of coarse and cringe-inducing dialogue that follows.  But it was all pretty fascinating to me.  You can say what you want about Roman Polanski, a guy who can’t even enter the U.S. because he’ll be arrested for having had sex with a minor back, I think, in the ’70s.  But the guy knows how to tell a story.  And on the cheap, too–there’s really only three characters and one location.  And, though the entire crux of the story involves what has happened in the past, there’s not a single flashback.  As a would-be storyteller myself, all I can say is, wow!

As to the message of the story, I found that very compelling…so much so that I’d better talk about it in my next posting.  Suffice to say, it has something to do with Kosmo Kramer and the Road Warrior.  How’s that sound?

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1 Comment »

  1. I think what we all want to know, slacker, is what do you think of Spidey3? I mean come on, it came out…like…3 days ago!!!! Please tell me your $10 is among the $250M brought in over the weekend!?!? Now I’m afraid to write more and give away that Lois Lane and Spidey get married…oops.

    Comment by Deryck — May 7, 2007 @ 9:51 pm | Reply


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