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Episode 147 – Dementia 13 part 1

When her husband dies of a heart attack, a woman (Luana Anders) schemes to take advantage of a past family tragedy to keep herself in the will of the mother-in-law. But her plan soon goes horribly wrong. Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Contains violence. 1963. Part 1 of 2.

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2 Responses to “Episode 147 – Dementia 13 part 1”

  1. BF Goodwill Says:

    Good job re the violence- especially using expressive tones to help convey the suddenness and horror of what is taking place (I’m a big fan of narrator’s adding to the emotional mood of a scene by using inflective tones – as opposed to the dry, flat, and scene-draining reportorial style that some describing entities persist in using). Re concreteness of description (providing adjectives to make particular objects as individual and as vivid as possible), when Louise undressed to jump into the pond, what color/style were her bra and panties? It makes a ddifference to understand what kind of a person she is if they were white foundation garments or black lacy lingeriee, and the interpolation of the necessary adjectives would not have taken much time. Adjectives and adverbs are wonderful shorthand mechanisms for conveying lots of information in the most economical ways. Also, was Kane’s nightgown really “sheer” and was she barefoot? Re characters being barefoot in scenes, directors usually have characters walking barefoot for specific reasons (e.g., vulnerability, insouciance, poverty, stealthiness, etc.), so indicating a character’s barefootedness adds to the delineation of the character, the explication of the scene, and the overall experience of the film – and mentioning this fact would not take much time. A convenient shorthand could be using the verb “pad” to indicate when a character is walking in bare feet (e.g., “she pads down the hall”) – but this convention would only really work if this verb is only used when the character is barefoot.

  2. Antony James Says:

    I disagree entirely. For me, it is important for the narrator to remain in the background and not become a main part of the story. Let the movie tell as much of the story as it can and just narrate the basics that would be missed by blind or partially sighted individuals. (or, as in my case, people who are busy driving)

    You are not reading a story. You are not trying to enhance the original movie. You are just filling in some of the hazy details….and we appreciate it very much! Thank you

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