Re: RARA-AVIS: Marlowe movies as Bracketted

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 02 Jul 2003

To follow up on Chris's post, in a text you can use Hemingway's "iceberg principle" (hide 7/8 of the stuff, since the reader will provide it himself, or imagine it). Hemingway also points out that the author *must know* the remaining 7/8...

In a movie you can't do that very well. At least, not in a plotted movie. Tarkovsky gets away with it in _The Mirror_, but that's an almost pure image movie, something that a mystery or crime movie can hardly imitate.

From watching Bogie in _The Big Sleep_, we cannot add the missing seven eighths. In Altman's film, some of that is filled out by the script. Probably Brackett realized that not to do it would weaken the movie, or at least narrow its scope.

Good discussion.



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