Save Your Marriage
So far, we've discussed referencing the past and identifying patterns. However, it's important to remember that the routine of The Foundation does not exist solely in the past. It exists in the present moment. It is where we meet the characters. It is not enough to explain the routine The Foundation must demonstrate, reinforce, and advance the routine through an active series of Cause and Effect events and dramatic Substantial Scenes. When the characters in The Foundation do nothing but explain the routine, the play begins to stagnate for want of dramatic action. Notice how our husband and wife are not just sitting around discussing their marital problems rather, they are engaged in a Substantial Scene in which one is trying to leave and the other is trying to convince her to stay.
Let's revisit Jessica's neat, impersonal office. Imagine the story goes on to concern Jessica's relationship with her husband, Bobby. Their marriage is strained because Bobby feels shut out by Jessica's tightly controlled passions and closely guarded emotional life. If, during the course of the play, Jessica changed and allowed herself to become more vulnerable with Bobby, her emotional journey could be symbolized by the physical changes that she makes to her environment. Perhaps, she finally displays that picture of her and Bobby, kissing in the rain, on her office desk.
In the series pilot, Sonny's estranged wife, Caroline (Belinda Montgomery) tells him, You get high on the action, and this remark presages the breakup of their marriage. By the fifth episode of season 1, their divorce is final. The remaining 106 episodes depict his and Tubbs's romantic relationships and encounters as a shambles. Between them, they are involved with the daughter of the cocaine dealer responsible for the death of Tubbs's brother ( Return of Calderone ), a gambling addict who is murdered by a racketeer ( One-Eyed Jack ), a femme fatale who murders her accountant boyfriend ( The Great McCarthy ), a rogue cop ( Rites of Passage, Prodigal Son ), a femme fatale with a homicidal boyfriend ( Definitely Miami ), a flight attendant who overdoses on the cocaine she has smuggled into the country ( Yankee Dollar ), a French Interpol agent who is in reality an assassin for a
Becomes progressively more unstable, clearly becoming dependent on alcohol, pills, and cocaine. She can't be trusted with their daughter Amy (Darla House). When Lester reappears, her old dependency on him reasserts itself, and he persuades her to raid the joint bank accounts Ace has set up. Public drunkenness and abuse of their daughter has poisoned their marriage, and the final betrayal with Lester is too much. Ace throws her out. She goes to Nicky for protection and enters into a sexual relationship with him to assure his loyalty. Nicky, married with children in a Catholic elementary school, falls into her trap and sees Ace as a rival. Ace's complaints about Nicky's tactics to the bosses in Kansas City merely put the final seal on the death certificate that Nicky had written for himself some time earlier.
World War II helped shift attitudes toward and portrayals of sexuality in the United States and western Europe. Cheesecake photography of women helped remind GIs of what they were fighting for.'' Members of the armed forces were given explicit education (including films) about sexually transmitted diseases. Roles for women in the workforce expanded to include what had been traditionally considered masculine jobs. Wartime demands for personnel even led military and civilian leaders to tacitly overlook the existence of homosexuality in the ranks or in the workforce. With the end of the war, though, there was a concerted effort to bring society back to pre-war notions of sexuality. Social pressures were placed on women to return to the role of homemaker, for example, and homosexuality was once again deemed a mental illness and a criminal act. Yet the 1950s saw increasing challenges to these attempts. While a baby boom'' erupted in the United States after the war, divorce rates also grew...
The system is designed to be of mutual benefit to star and studio. The studios are particularly keen to keep as much as possible of the film business within their compass, to maintain oligopoly power and hedge their bets, as demonstrated by their efforts to absorb the more profitable elements of the independent sector. In some cases, 'first look' or other such deals have led to stable and productive long-term relationships, such as that
Perhaps Godard's impulse toward objectification and anarchy can best be looked at in the light of Weekend (1967), his last film of this period that pretended to have a narrative. Weekend is the story of a Parisian couple who seem desperately unhappy. To save their marriage, they travel south to her mother to borrow money and take a vacation. This journey is like an odyssey. The road south is littered with a long multicar crash, and that is only the beginning of a journey from an undesirable civilization to an inevitable collapse leading, literally, to cannibalism. The marriage does not last the journey, and the husband ends up as dinner (Figures 8.4 and 8.5).
The flashback sequence involving An Mei and her daughter Rose makes the Lindo-Waverly flashback look simple. The sequence begins with An Mei at the contemporary farewell party. Her voiceover leads us backward to a glimpse of her prepubescent self reminiscing how her mother was thrown out of the house, but we only see her for a few seconds before we flash further back to the moment when the mother accidentally scalds four-year old An Mei with hot soup. Then we move forward to pubescent An Mei, who chooses to go with her mother when she briefly visits the grandmother's household. We lurch forward into contemporary times in which the adult An Mei and her daughter Rose discuss Rose's estranged marriage. Rose's voiceover takes over, and we flashback to see the evolution of Rose and Ted's relationship from their college days through their marriage to their chilly breakup. In a contemporary scene with Rose and her mother, An Mei takes back control of the voiceover and returns to a flashback...
The first volume deals with the movement-image. The second will deal with the time image. If, at the end of this first volume, we try to understand the full importance of Hitchcock - one of the greatest F.nglish film-makers - it is because we think he invented an extraordinary type of image the image of mental relations. Relations, as external to their terms, have always been the subject of English philosophical thought. When a relation terminates or changes, what happens to its terms Thus Hitchcock asks in Mr and Mrs Smith, a minor comedy, what happens to a man and a woman who suddenly learn that, as their marriage is not legal, they have never been married Hitchcock produces a cinema of relation, just as English philosophy produced a philosophy of relation. In this sense he is, perhaps, at the juncture of the two cinemas, the classical that he perfects and the modern that he prepares. In all these respects, it is not sufficient to compare the great directors of the cinema with...
A miniature version of the overall design. Die Hard's opening scene, although not detachable, is nonetheless an entire story, in that the meeting of John and Holly at the Christmas party could already be the reunion and reconciliation that both partners are obviously hoping for. But if this was the ending of the story, it obviously would not be worth a movie, and on the other hand, it would not give us the 'cultural' message that for a relation like this to come together again, both partners have to work for it. In this sense the intrusion of the terrorists is, from the point of view of the story of John and Holly McClane, only the external motivation to render inescapable the necessity for them to 'work' on their relationship. The action-adventure movie becomes the place for family-couple therapy.
For Woody Allen, a George Gershwin score plays in the background continually, as it does in the opening sequence of Manhattan. Witty people from publishing or academia or the arts spend more time in tastefully furnished apartments and chic restaurants than at their jobs, and they rarely worry about paying their bills at the end of the month. In Manhattan, no one grows old or gets sick or has to share a flat with impossible in-laws or failing grandparents, as they did in the Brooklyn of Radio Days. People may lose jobs for a while, but the effects on their lifestyle are minimal, nothing like the Depression. No one goes to a social club or a blue-collar tavern for a beer after work, or to church or temple, except for an occasional wedding or funeral. No one rides the subway for Allen, living in Manhattan involves urban combat no more serious than competition for taxicabs, which in fact most native New Yorkers cannot afford. Most important, no one has a neighborhood. To live in Woody...
LB Do you want to talk about Tootsie along these lines, or are you sick of talking about your relationship with Dustin Hoffman We all heard that there was a duel going on between the two of you, and you incorporated that into the script. Is that inaccurate Audience What is your relationship with the screenwriter on the set
A Star Is Born is a historical narrative, but it is not arranged like a chapter from Ramsaye's A Million and One Nights or an exclusive, effusive interview from a popular fan magazine such as Photoplay or Modern Screen. It is a self-conscious composite biography, even though most 1937 viewers associated the character Norman Maine, a fading alcoholic leading man, with actor John Gilbert, who had died of a heart attack in January 1936.46 Gilbert had been one of the silent screen's most popular romantic leads. Earthier than Ronald Coleman, more serious than the insouciant Douglas Fairbanks, he was an American Valentino, a capable balance to Greta Garbo's European exoticism. According to 1930s Hollywood critics, the advent of sound destroyed his career, revealing his squeaky voice. His romance with Garbo ended abruptly, and his alcoholism grew out of control. His momentary happy marriage with a young screen actress named Virginia Bruce did little to slow his decline. He died in 1936,...
When you rehearse a play, your relationship to the other characters is developed through the time and discoveries in the rehearsals. Films are rarely rehearsed therefore each actor has to create relationship with the environment and the other characters through her imagination. Just because you don't have a scene with another character doesn't mean that you don't have a relationship to him. Relationships can be formed quickly on a film set, but you have to have given it some thought beforehand. The decisions you make about your relationship to the other characters should be included in the notes of your log. Remember that decisions are not written in stone and that posing a question that is not yet answerable is also a form of decision-making. Always permit yourself to be persuaded or convinced, just like you are in life.
It to a reader prematurely can be damaging to your process, your future work on the piece. Once you let others into the stew, so to speak, they become a part of your relationship with your own material. Their input, comments, and suggestions will have an impact on your future rewrites. You may want to wait until the second or third draft before handing it over to someone else for input. There is no rule on this only you will know when the time is right. The best rule of thumb here is to give it to someone else to look at when you honestly feel that you've done as much work on it as you possibly can for the time being.
I've had this one peculiarity to my upbringing that I probably should mention. While my parents were still married, and I think during the time of the troubles in their marriage, they were invited to join a church and converted to Fundamentalist Christianity in a Baptist church. It's very hard to mention it in sort of the general milieu of American thought, without people thinking of it as something odd or extreme. But going back to what I said about everything seeming normal if you had nothing to compare it to that was our church. It was very much a second family.
Rosenthal Why did you make the film What did you hope to gain from it, and what did you think the audience would get out of it Rivlin I'm not sure why I made it. I think I needed to tell the story of my parents marriage, and also show how their marriage affected us, the children. There were so many bizarre aspects to my family life, especially toward the end, when I started seeing my parents as characters in a Beckett play. I mean there is my father, the womanizer, keeping my mother alive Lilly's father feeds her mother , and she can't express herself in any way but ironically. In the end, she finally got what she always wanted his total attention.
Money was tight during the Depression, even for those who had regular work. Young Charles Scorsese gave up on his plans to continue his education and went to work in the garment industry, first making vests and eventually working as a presser of very expensive formal wear. Catherine Cappa, her mother, and her sisters did piecework at home to supplement their father's income and rent from the boarders. After their marriage, Charles and Catherine moved across the East River to Sunnyside in the borough of Queens, where Frank was born, and then Corona, Queens, where Martin was born (the names of their two grandfathers). When Martin was six, the family gave up the house with a lawn and trees and moved back to Elizabeth Street. Until they found their own place, they stayed with his grandparents, Francesco and Teresa Scorsese, for four months. Martin Scorsese claims that he never understood the reason for their move. One explanation he offers is that his father ran into business problems,...
Important to be able to connect with the producer so that their goals and my goals mesh. I think filmmakers need to ask themselves why they're doing a particular story and meditate on that to be clear. Are you doing it just to make money or get recognition or because you're trying to help other people What's your calling What's your relationship with the people in your story Passion and determination is also important. I've seen people where nothing's going to get in their way of making a film happen, and that might be a corporate producer who does this at night or on the side. It might be an individual who's doing totally other things to make money but does the film on the side because they're so committed to the reason that they're doing it. It might be an issue on AIDS or a child with a learning disability or MS, you name it, but they're really drawn to it. If you're clear about why you're telling a story, it'll make what you're going for that much easier.
There are a few specific questions that will often give you the kind of information you are seeking besides the obvious what have you done lately For example, What role have you played that gave you the most satisfaction or fulfillment What director did you enjoy working with the most What director did you not enjoy working with and why Granted these are general questions, but perhaps the actor will reveal something that will let you know he she is either ideal for you or entirely wrong for you. If, for instance, you are the kind of director who relies heavily on improvisation and the actor lets slip that he she loathes improvisation, or vice versa, you have learned something important about the potential of the relationship. If the interview seems to be going well, you might want to ask more specific questions based on demands in the script, such as do you have any siblings, have you ever lost a member of your family, or how is your relationship with your father
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