Re: Sacher-Masoch and Ed Wood Jr.

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Posted by Darryl Erentzen on June 14, 1996 at 14:20:13:

In Reply to: Sacher-Masoch and Ed Wood Jr. posted by Craig Kalpakjian on May 30, 1996 at 23:19:23:

: Both works are superficially trying to teach us
: a kind of lesson, but the point gets lost in the
: telling--Severin the anvil, and "Glenda," are
: both way more interesting characters, and its
: obvious that both Sacher-Masoch and Wood, in
: their obsessive focusing on these obsessions,
: know it. Is this just their way of gaining the
: acceptance and popularity which they both
: enjoyed in their own times, or is it somehow
: more crucial to their respective projects?

Perhaps awareness of the "lesson" is an intrinsic
part of the experience of our wayward narrators.
Wouldn't the acknowledgement of the "wrongness"
of their actions, (or is it just impracticality?)
add depth and spice to them?

Wouldn't the anvil, knowing that to be an anvil is
foolish, wrong, whatever, feel every blow of the
hammer that much more exquisitely?

Could this be a necessary component of an attempt
to seduce rather than dissuade?

I don't know how well this applies to Ed Wood, having
not seen the film, but ... comments?

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