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DWTS & Unfaithful (the movie)

 I love that this is my area to flail about over television, etc.  Watched DWTS tonight.  Am sad about Belinda Carlisle -- love her!  And recognize her! unlike some of the other people on the show. On the other hand, didn't want to see Steve go, either.  Gilles is an amazing dancer; loved their quickstep even though it reminded me of her (cheryl's) waltz to gravity.  Really, really, miss the days when I had no idea what DWTS was!

Have Unfaithful on in the background (the movie, not the House episode). Made by the same people that did Fatal Attraction, I think.  Saw Fatal Attraction in class -- classical themes in the movies.  Saw Unforgiven (based on the Illiad!) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? in that class, too. We also saw the first Indiana Jones (I looked away at the opening the ark / Nazi scene; classmates understood perfectly why!)   One of the great college classes I can talk about.  SImilar to Art Hx of the Cinema -- saw Metropolis, which has always stuck with me.  The idea that Fritz Lang was inspired by the church in the middle of the city... amazing.  I always think of that whenever I see Spiderman (I), when he brings down Mary Jane on that roof.  The church is always so prominent in that shot.  

Anyway, back to the classical themes in movies (we'd read the classic-- Illiad, Odyssey, Medea, etc).  It was a huge class, 500 people, basketball players were in it.  Before we watched Fatal Attraction, prof talked about how the rxns to the movie at the time of release were often divided along gender lines.  Men wanted her to die, women, not so much, or, not so violently / without consequences to the guy.  Women could empathize.  Decades later, same response.  Men where whooping and hollering; women were very, very quiet. Helps it's Glenn Close, though.  She's amazing in everything I've seen her in (yay! Damages; yay! The Natural!).

If I'm remembering right, Fatal Attraction was compared to Medea in the class.  The way they played with color (and lack thereof) was striking.  She was dressed in colorless clothing, pale clothing.  Her appartment was white.  Playing with color -- using lots of white/ivory, contrasted with blacks are also used in Unfaithful.  Same uneasiness, but there is a greater emphasis on the spouse thinking something is wrong. Always the focus on the husband. Interesting.

More rambling!