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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Consigned to Perdition - The Hero's Internal Flaw - Mamet

"So The American Tragedy Dave? (See
Killing the Girl)"

The snow has been shovelled and we have gone indoors for a cup of hot chocolate.

"What do you want to know?"

"I don't know. Tragedy, comedy? Same coin?"

"The film of comedy is such that in every scene, the hero makes a misstep and yet is rescued at the end by the forces of good, or by God, or by a deus ex machina. Tragedy is exactly the opposite. At each step, the hero seems to be doing the correct thing, but at the end of the movie ends up consigned to perdition, or death, or disgrace, because of some internal flaw. So film noir is much closer to tragedy and the light or Hitchcockian thriller is much closer to comedy."

"Really Mamet, you would laugh at Hitch?"

"Quietly, Dead Beat. Real quietly."

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