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    The explanation for Mulholland Drive didn't do much for me, as is the case with most psychological drama, mystery and thriller. It's not that I didn't learn anything from it, but the movie didn't get any better for me after rationalisations, on the contrary. I'm a sucker for mystery and the paranormal, lifting the veil can ruin the experience for a mystery buff. Hence I like the self-imposed silence of Kubrick and Lynch.

    I read and research Eyes Wide Shut explanations, but from the perspective of real world conspiracies.

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    And the written word is just a cheap copy of the spoken word, or so said wise gurus a few millennia ago. So I'm sure all subsequent literature is really just irreverent tosh.
    Culture is transmitted primarly through the spoken word, the ancients had a point. Oral culture has the biggest impact. Myths are better than movies. Movies are the easiest to consume and digest amongst cultural products, they don't even require one's full attention. Not necessarily tosh (great movies do exist), just of a lesser nature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech View Post
    Myths are better than movies.
    Oral myths are probably great, but they're honestly a bit hard to come by nowadays. Sitting in a cave with your elders telling stories about the local bear god and whatnot perhaps trumps a Lynch movie, but we're in a pretty different time and place now, so I say let's enjoy what we have, instead of pining for what we can't have again.

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    I have my own interpretation of Possession, which is rather long and in-depth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice View Post
    Possession (1981)- Andrzej Zulawski

    Where do I began? It certainly was terrifying...
    I wrote an explanation of Possession myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drusilla View Post
    I have my own interpretation of Possession, which is rather long and in-depth. Please don't quote the parts under the spoiler tag. I hope that someone will take the time to read it though.

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    Wow, what a treat! Nice going, Drusilla. Must have been awesome discussing and watching Żuławski together with friends in a Berlin apartment.

    I've already seen Possession several times, but I'm quite excited to watch it again with your interpretation in mind.

    A question: What do you make of the scene where Sam Neill is holding his child under its arms and just looks at it, baffled-like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skärmträl View Post
    Terrifyingly good, right?
    Terrifyingly good, yes!

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    I wrote an explanation of Possession myself.
    Thank you both for the explanations! This is excellent, and I appreciate it very much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skärmträl View Post
    Wow, what a treat! Nice going, Drusilla. Must have been awesome discussing and watching Żuławski together with friends in a Berlin apartment.

    I've already seen Possession several times, but I'm quite excited to watch it again with your interpretation in mind.

    A question: What do you make of the scene where Sam Neill is holding his child under its arms and just looks at it, baffled-like?
    Not only do they behave incorrectly in regards to their breakup, we also see Mark and Anna's child being neglected because they're self centered and selfish. They're only thinking about their own emotions and their own state of mind, they're so self centered that they forget that they have a child living with them. This is a very interesting aspect of the film and one that follows the characters all the way throughout the development of the story. We get to see the child'd side of the story and how he's affected by the situation the parents are living through. I found it interesting how more than once in the film the kid hides underwater, as if to escape the horrible situations he's living through. His parents fight, scream and even physically attack each other, most of the time completely ignoring the child.

    Zulawski also operates a subtle parallel with religion with Sam Neill stripping his son, Bob. The reference to Christ is obvious: Jesus washing the bodies of the beggars. Here it is Mark who's in the position of the Christ.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts regarding Possession if you ever watch it again.

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