Monday, July 13, 2015

Fox and his Friends (1975)

In the right hands, melodrama can be more effective and damning than any sort of "serious" film could ever dream of being. Unlike, say, a prison story where the protagonist is physically restrained behind iron bars and cement walls, the protagonist in melodrama is restrained by the amorphous ideas of what polite society decides is acceptable. Racism, nationalism, homophobia, etiquette, etc. are all human constructs, and as such they are nearly impossible to overcome. It isn't some wall that you can chip away at until you are free because those walls are constantly changing on whims. There is simply no room in "their" world for the weird or different. Anything that is rough will be sanded down until it is smooth like everything else. Resistance is futile.

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