Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect – #273

In this unsubtle bit of staging, the melodramatic lighting director helps the slower members of the audience understand who they should support in this situation. The Bad Guy is the evil man in the shadows who is clearly intent on causing dismay for people who aren’t paying attention. (Most prominent feature: gleaming teeth, despite said shadows.) Bathed in a chaste white aura, we have The Innocent Virgin Who Just Wants to Be Loved. (Most prominent features: the unsuccessful hairdo and the questionable earrings, indicating that she doesn’t know what she’s doing, but her couture ignorance is not enough justification for a messy death at the hands of a villain who visits the dentist regularly).

In a bit of happenstance, this lighting arrangement also led to the champagne glass in the middle of the table casting a shadow on the Virgin’s arm, an image that appears to be a rather impressive cucumber. This accidental symbolism actually led to a certain French critic proclaiming the film to be a masterpiece, a profound statement about masculinity, sacrifice and the unexpected intrusion of sturdy gourds. Then again, French movie critics are always seeing things in movies that no one else sees…


Previously published in “Crusty Pie” and “Bonnywood Manor”. Modified somewhat for this post.

Mea culpa: We have friends visiting from England, which explains my absence from the blogging world for the last several days. I am in the process of catching up, and I hope to get back on track shortly. Unless a cucumber suddenly appears where I least expect it…


16 replies »

  1. You have to watch out for those cucumbers. They’re sneaky little devils, especially if someone calls them a gourd. 😉

    Wanna know something funny? You’re the fourth blogger I’ve read who’s either entertaining English folk or visiting England. Is there something going on I don’t know about?
    Did someone let it slip our country has gone off the deep end and so England is trying to reclaim us? But wait, they’re in deep doo-doo too! Oh dear!

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    • There’s always something going on that we don’t know about. This is what makes life perky and exciting. If everyone knew everything, there would be no reason to blog, and we simply can’t have that…

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