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Fascinating Movie~ 
9th-Feb-2011 11:50 pm
alfred hand-on-face
Watching a 1992 movie called The Lover about a French colonial girl and a Chinese man in '20s Saigon. It's quite erotic, along with being a fascinating study of both decadence and racism. Supposedly it's semi-biographical, based on a novel by Marguerite Duras.

Despite the scandalous subject matter, when the movie was made they had to change the age of the girl (make her older) and ensure the actress turned 18 during filming.

This is how we edit history to make it more acceptable . . . like taking the cigarette out of the hands of the chain-smoking Melvin Purvis in Public Enemies because Michael Mann was intimidated back in his Miami Vice heyday.

Is it any wonder that we can never really understand the characters that make up the world--both past and present? Even to tell a simple story--much less one more complex--we have to make it more palatable for a 'mainstream' modern audience.

Still, this movie is strangely compelling and even poetic.

10th-Feb-2011 08:25 am (UTC)
It was a fascinating and compelling movie. But I agree that it's WRONG to always edit things the way they do when making movies... (sigh)

The guns, the cigarettes, the youthful age and other things people find offensive are important to the TRUTH being told in a given story. History is so damn subjective it's scary! And as we've always known, Hollywood makes it more so. (sigh)

Well, I can't totally damn the movies, ever -- no matter what. Even when they get it wrong, they can get PARTS of it so right! The way they did with "Public Enemies," which just made me feel like I'd stepped back in time...

If they only capture even the smallest portion of a story, maybe that's enough.
10th-Feb-2011 10:27 am (UTC)
I feel sick during the night, and sure hope I am not getting the stuff Candy has, just before leaving on my trip. I just took some vitamin C and have a cough drop to stop my cough. Brother can we just all be well for a while.

It is always something, but I will have a great time no matter what. Nicole felt bad before bed too.

Hope the rest of your week goes well and talk to you when I get back on Monday.
10th-Feb-2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
I've seen that movie, too, a couple of times. It's very good.
10th-Feb-2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
ahh history is written by the winners - not the truth-sayers ...

and hollywood well it is somewhere even further it seems

Sounds like a good movie!

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