But that doesn't mean it's chaos.
|Oedipus Rex, and the solving of the riddle of the sphinx. In his play of the same name, Sophocles tells the story of Oedipus who, running away so as not to fulfill a prophecy of murdering his father and marrying his mother, ends up doing exactly that. Oedipus is the perfect example of a hero that the audience could identify with, not because they wanted to kill their fathers and marry their own mothers (because this didn't happen) but because they wanted to throw off the burden of Homer and the Homeric heroes they had been dominated by for centuries (their father) and make Greece in their own image (marry the "motherland" and beget children in the form of art, war and treasure); and we can say this is an accurate reading because that is exactly what happened, called the Age of Pericles. Had the same events been told from the perspective of Queen Jocasta, the mother of Oedipus, the film would have had a completely different moral angle to it, and that perspective from which we gain the ability of a cultural horizon permits the appropriate assessment of the morality carried in the hero's point of view and the experiences of the narrative, which translates as the experiences of the entire culture.|
Enter Alfred Hitchcock.
How does this happen?
|I will write about this image when we get to the symbols, because this is good.|
|If you haven 't had an introduction into Japanese cinema, or haven't watched any of the Kurosawa films, this is always rated as one of the greatest films EVER MADE, so it's definitely worth your while.|
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