Saturday, January 10, 2004

Irresistible Revisionist Historiography

Irresistible Revisionist Historiography

Did you see the subtle-as-a-two-by-four moment in Cold Mountain where Rene Zellweger’s character Ruby Thewes walks through a field of dead tobacco stalks and says something to the effect of, “It’s okay to let this field go.” Whether you’re for or against tobacco (the leaf) or Big Tobacco (the industry), this anachronistic moment struck me as highly annoying because it jolted me back into the century from which I was hoping the film would relieve me for two hours. Anyone have a good name for this unique kind of philosophical anachronism? Or other examples of it?

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 13 Jan 04 at 06:12 PM

“Subtle-as-a-two-by-four” is right. Who do these directors think they are, Hacksaw Jim Duggan? I mean, if they feel they have to browbeat us and push some agenda with their movie and turn what could be considered art into a blatant commercial for whatever they’re pushing, be it a product, idea, or mentality, (e.g., Pepsi, Nike, US imperialism, sexual promiscuity, anti-tabacco, et al) that’s fine, it’s their movie, but I will not watch. That’s all I’m saying. Errr… maybe I will, but I won’t like it!


Posted by Roddy "Nada" Piper on 14 Jan 04 at 11:12 PM

I’d probably call it a “1979 penny”, after the movie “Somewhere in Time”.

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