The Night of the Hunter Reference

24 03 2008

On March 10th I found this blog:

The author mentions her “obsession” with Platoon, which lit that red alarm lamp in my head. And there was another thing which lit a second one: above Platoon entry I spotted a pic from The Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum and his hands tatooed with LOVE (right) and HATE (left).

I couldn’t resist writing to her. Didn’t get any sensational answer, but few days later while trying to recall some technical details I came back to Platoon. By accident OS’s commentary was on, and I, ahem, got stuck with it. And then I suddenly heard OS saying the following: “Rhah was a country boy from South Carolina, a kind of R. Mitchum Night of the Hunter character.”

I jumped and yelled aloud a nasty word in english.

I don’t know if I’m more puzzled by the information itself, or the fact that I was able to hear it NOW. 

Question #1 — have I stored the heard information in subconcious, which made me notice the Mitchum pic on the website?

Question #2 — did Stone mean Rhah the character or the real person?

Thought of the Day:
Amazing how the ability to handle new information is based on information already stored. Even more: we are able to filter information from the white noise in the background, are able to hear or see it AT ALL, as if a pattern set once became a matrix allowing to recognize it elsewhere. 

Funny detail: Rhah has HATE on his right and LOVE on his left hand, the Michum character — the other way round.       

Oh, yes, the director of the Night of the Hunter was so disappointed by the poor receive of the movie, that he never made another one. The movie he was planning to do next was… The Naked and the Dead, a movie mentioned in one of the first Platoon reviews I ever read.

Some tidbits about the tattoo:

In The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), LOVE and HATE were tattooed on Eddie’s (Meat Loaf) knuckles, and in The Blues Brothers (1980), the two brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) have their names tattooed on their knuckles. In The Simpsons episode Cape Feare, the menacing Sideshow Bob (voice of Kelsey Grammer) had similar tattoos on each set of knuckles as well

Dark Side of Elias

30 11 2007

I took a little time before I noticed that: When Chris breaks up the rape, camera shows Elias standing nearby. Mostly viewers believe that he’d just noticed the incident, but to me the way he is standing indicates he’s been there for a while, observing. Users on the IMDB board were arguing about it… but, why Stone didn’t show him in motion, or at least the in moment he recognizes what’s going on? Few minutes earlier Elias had raised hell about Barnes actions in the village, Chris apparently was expecting some support from him also this time, but the only reaction is an angry, somehow annoyed: “get out of there!” Why?

Maybe Elias saw that Chris was taking care about it already… but even then, a rape was still a war crime, so why didn’t he wanted to courtmartial the rapists? Once a doubt was planted in my head I started to wonder: what if Elias’ actions were not that much fueled by his high morality standards, but by a personal vendetta against Barnes?

I reviewed the movie from this new perspective and suddenly there was much darker Elias. Someone who’s inclination for socializing covers a need to be admired, to be the “heart of the party”, or even a ruler of souls. He is like a guru of some strange sect and blowing smoke through the barrel of the gun — an initiation ritual.

I know, not many people would agree. But there is no need to shoot at me — it’s just a thought, a theory. Knowing Stone’s other works it wouldn’t surprise me if he indeed hid some twists in his story, showing that there is no such thing like pure goodness or pure evil.

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