[Milton-L] O Eve, in evil hour...
rwill627 at cox.net
Tue Nov 22 09:41:10 EST 2005
I agree that it could be achieved, but only by the very best and least
sensational of directors and actors.
Who is doing this film? Sorry, compatriots, but I would prefer to entrust
this to Britons. We Americans are too deeply involved in Post-Puritanical
> The National Theatre production of Tony Harrison's adaptation of medieval
> cycle plays, "The Mysteries", (available on video) featured Adam and Eve
> in Paradise naked and not ashamed with a remarkable and moving
> effectiveness. Adam rose -- marvelously -- out of the earth, and Eve
> joined him. The effect on an audience was interesting to track.
> Initially, I think, there was some prurient attention, but the very lack
> of any such winking hint in the production, its candid insistence that
> the innocent eye treats the whole body alike as uniformly good and human,
> quickly won out. Part of the reason for this, I think, is the very
> ordinary demeanor in the immediacy of the actors. I'm not sure film could
> easily achieve this, as in-immediacy is one of its basic conditions, and
> the medium coerces the eye, and makes it aware of demands on its
> spectation, in the way the stage does not. Contemporary Hollywood in
> particular is almost incapable of forgoing such coercive pleasuring. But
> I think a good, thoughtful director might be able to unpack that problem.
> PL, of course, has its own pornographic moment after the Fall. Again,
> smart direction might make its impulse toward the pornographic eye at
> that point pointedly part of the problem, rather than a sticky "solution
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