[Milton-L] It's Confirmed!

richard strier rastrier at uchicago.edu
Wed Jul 20 15:13:55 EDT 2011

Absolutely right about the necessity for non-self-conscious nakedness.  After 
all, PL is one of the great pornographic works of all time.  The audience might 
begin by leering and tittering, but, as at nude beaches, the lack of pretense 
would affect the experience after a while.  And if we titter, so what?  We're fallen, 
they're not (for most of the Eden scenes).  And sometimes, as Milton thought, we 
can transcend our fallenness.

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>Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:12:22 -0400
>From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu (on behalf of Gregory Machacek 
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>Subject: Re: [Milton-L] It's Confirmed!  
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>The article ends with the following witticism: "Casting for Adam and Eve
>wasn’t immediately announced, but one assumes that costumes won’t be a
>As I've anticipated this movie, I've thought that it will be precisely Adam
>and Eve's (lack of) costumes that will be the film's biggest problem.  To
>be done properly, the film would need its two leads to be naked, with no
>self-consciousness about the fact, for large stretches of screen time--and
>an audience that can observe such full frontal nudity without leering or
>tittering.  I don't believe it can be pulled off in a Hollywood
>Austin-Powers-esque hiding of private parts behind items in the foreground
>will quickly become tiresome.
>Of course, all previous reports about the movie suggest that it focuses on
>the war in Heaven, so the whole "man's first disobedience" plotline will
>probably be reduced to an insignificant appendage.
>Greg Machacek
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>Marist College
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