Re: RARA-AVIS: Two Jakes

James Rogers (
Thu, 23 Dec 1999 02:35:45 -0600

At 03:15 AM 12/23/99 -0500, Bob Toomey wrote:
>> I can't stand voice-over in films
>What do you think of the voice-over, written by Chandler, in "Double
>Indemnity?" How about Wilder's V.O. in "Sunset Boulevard" or Kubrick's
>in "A Clockwork Orange?" I've heard this from others, but why shouldn't
>a movie contain a voice-over? Do you feel it somehow violates the
>cinematic quality of the work?

      It just sounds campy to me. I do acknowledge that it worked in
"Sunset Boulevard"....partly 'cuz the narrator is dead. Forgot about
"Clockwork Orange", OK, you gotta point there. Didn't like "Double Indemnity" all that well.


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