Bruno’s Recitation 3/28

Hey, guys. Last week we chatted a lot about the intent of the filmmaker, and how maybe through time, things that were always intended to seem tongue-in-cheek or over-the-top might become confused with a serious attempt at a narrative moment. For example, the kiss during “Body Double.”

This is really interesting to me, and I can’t say I’ve ever thought too much about it. Are there moments when I was younger that I wrote something off as “cheesy” or “totally stupid, man,” when the original intent was to be purposefully cheesy or totally stupid, man? There’s that trap there, that possibility that by poking fun at something you’ll be mistaken for actually indulging in it.

Can you guys think of anything that might be misconstrued in the future? Will people at some point look at Hobo With a Shotgun and honestly think it’s just a really hokey, really dumb gorefest? Can the average people of a new generation be expected to pick up on this self-awareness of certain movies once they’re out of the time it was made in? Or will these goofy flicks be thought of as nothing more than “an old movie that didn’t even know what it was doing was cheesy yet.”

Hobo With a Shotgun is one that I can imagine off the top of my head. Any others?


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