Monday, June 13, 2005
Cape Fear

Cape Fear

The View Through Dani’s Window

For all the violence, what is real here is the skeleton in the closet.

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You provide a scintillating breakdown.  Does it occur to you that the incest may be imaginary?  A good cinematic analogy is the recent ‘The Hostage’, where the appearance of the evil ‘Mars’ indicates the young heroines growing fear of surrendering her virginity.  So it is with Dani, I think.  The latter ‘Cape Fear’ is a bit more direct than the original or ‘The Hostage’, but the message is the same, namely: there is no exsistential terror greater than that of a young girl facing womanhood.  The reference to incest is a bold hint at the side effects of Oedipal/Electral causality.  A fact of growing up. 

Thanks for your article.

The Hang’d Man

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 26 Jun 05 at 10:58 AM

Memory may not be serving me well enough…Is there on-screen stuff to support a REAL incestous relationship between Dani and her father, or is this merely a TENSION we are supposed assume exists between most attractive daughters and their fathers at this stage, in this socio-economic bracket? I seem to remember a few scenes that indicated his discomfort with her budding-ness, but a far cry from anything that would establish conclusively that he was having her. Surely no one’s suggesting it’s all the same skeleton?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07 Aug 05 at 12:49 PM

Great explanation, Kristy! I thought I understood the film until the final moment when the camera closes in on the girl’s eyes and the music goes all dramatic, and then I thought “what the…?”

I found the whole film rather amusing as the only version of the story I had encountered was the Simpson’s parody. I couldn’t believe it when it showed him underneath the car! I was dissapointed that he didn’t stand on a rake (or ten) when he climbed out from under it!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 16 Aug 05 at 04:54 PM
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