|Production backgrounds||Vietnam War and the film||The metafictional aspects||the unknowable
in the film:
- The purposes of simulation of war?
- Eli as an Author-God?
-- the film and the novel: (Ellis 239)
1. confusion of reality and the film within the film:e. g. 1. the shooting scene at the beach in the beginning of the film.2. Elli the director:
2. The hotel-top chase -- into a hotel room -- the hotel guest : "find someplace else to play" -- Cameron hit by Chuck in the face -- Cameron falls through the skylight into a brothel, and then is carried to a tavern, with his clothes ripped off.
3. The biplane stunt: the pilot shot shows: Cameron clings to the wing in terror -- Nina in horror -- a long shot revealing the crane from which the plane hangs by a wire, rotating but a few feet from the ground.
4. Cameron's scream in action merged with that in having sex with Nina.
a. all-controlling behind the scene: benevolent or selfish and cruel?-- emerges regally from his helicopter.b. a magician: -- change Cameron's appearance.
-- "Don't worry about my crew. They'll call you anything I wish them too."
-- Does he try to rescue Burt?
-- Why does he humiliate Nina in front of her parents?
-- Even Cameron's attempt at escape is included in his plan, with Nina complicit with him.
-- Does he care about Cameron's safty in the last stunt work?
-- After Cameron argues with him about the salary at the end, he says:"rewrite the open reel. Crush the little bastard in the first act."-- Before he leads Cameron into the building, he says: "That door is a looking glass. Inside is a wonderland. Have faith, Alice, and enjoy." (The half-transparent window is also used to frame Nina -- an actress, a dream girl. Nina: "I'm the movie.")c. a savior -- an anti-war filmmaker
-- "How tall is King Kong?"
-- have different versions: "I have versions of all sorts. Care to go back and see one? In one version you fly the helicopter and I am driving the Duesenberg."about his film:d. "The man is the kindest, the most dedicated"; his relations with Nina?
-- He wants something outrageous, because "reality can be pretty outrageous" and anything can happen.
-- his purpose: "convince the world with [his] movie there is a reasonable, a better way of getting home for Thanksgiving."
3. The film within the film, its message?
-- about an interracial marriage between an Australian flyer and an German girl.
-- the use of erotic music box: the "outrageous" and "lively."
the unknowable in the film: Eli as an Author-God? Is Nina really in love with Cameron?
Theme song: "a world where nothing is what it seems" -- like Vietnam
The opening sequence: linemen -- buzzard -- apple -- police car -- a dog licking his ballscoincidence + ongoing beastly life
-- "That crazy bird just tried to kill us."
-- "That's your point of view. Did we stop and ask the bird what his was?"
Ellis, Caron Schwartz. "The Stunt Man: Remembering
Vietnam through Forgetfulness." Literature-
Film Quarterly. 20(3):231-42. 1992.