December 2nd, 2005

breaking bad

Film editing and genre

Do you remember a few weeks ago I posted a link to a trailer re-edited from 'The Shining' to make it look like a family picture? Here are spoof trailers for West Side Story and Titanic re-edited to look like horror movies and Big re-edited to look like a dark drama.

These are all real clips from the films, but editing changes genre. Most people couldn't describe the editing conventions of different film genres, and yet we recognise them.
breaking bad

The Problem of Susan

With the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe out, I have to think again about my Issues with CS Lewis. When I was a little girl - 6-9 let's say - the Narnia books were my favourite books. Not just 'I liked them a lot' I was committed to them. Then, perhaps at the age of 8 or 9, I read 'The Last Battle' and it disturbed me. It cast a shadow back over many of the other books, in particular the Silver Chair and the Magician's Nephew. At first, because I was a nice little girl, I thought it was me that was wrong, not my hero. Eventually over the next two or three years I realised that I just had to let Lewis go, and let the whole theological world view go. My parent were CS Lewis-type Christians, so this meant breaking with the whole religious structure of my childhood. From the age of 12 I never set foot inside a church.

I don't mean the Last Battle caused the whole edifice to crumble, but that my revulsion for that book was part of that first waking up to the cognitive dissonance that was going on inside me about religion, and sexuality, and being female, and loving this world in itself for what it is.
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