Professing * Reflecting

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Great Mirror Scenes: What Next?

My life is devolving into silliness, and I am feeling the need to return to the ideas I was originally exploring in this blog (for example, here and here).

With classes ending, exams starting, and sex-deferred grading piling up, I don't know when I will be able to return to the mirror posts. I do, however, think it would do me some good.

I have been toying with some ideas, which I have listed below. I would love any suggestions on these or other possibilities for future mirror posts.

My short list:

1. Lacan (Jacques Lacan, Jacques Lacan, lemme love ya Jacques Lacan) Have put this off, but the whole mirror stage thang may be the Greatest Mirror Scene of All Time (or the Greatest Delusion of All Time, which amounts to the same thing).
2. Fight Club Because I like looking at a half-naked Brad Pitt (have I mentioned how shallow I am?) fucking--oops--fighting other men, and because--hell--the whole film is a Great Mirror Scene. I am also starting to think that homosocial desire (of which I am sooo the conduit) is an elaborate mirroring strategy.
3. Calpernia in Soldier's Girl There are actually two Great Mirror Scenes here: When she pulls open her robe to look at her half-naked body in the dressing-room mirror and when she sees herself (with a five-o'clock shadow) in the mirror behind the bed, just after Barry says, "You look like an angel."
4. Truffaut's Stolen Kisses I may not be able to deal with the French Mirror beyond Lacan, but I think that Antoine's mirror is terribly funny and interesting.



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