Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Dubious Theory

Finally saw Ghost World this morning. What struck me most about it was that it's almost the same movie as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Seriously. Obviously, they're entirely different with regard to setting and style; still though, Enid and Seymour are Jen and Dark Cloud in different clothes and circumstances. For just one example, look at the endings: Jen's leap from the bridge is the same frustratingly difficult 'resolution' as Enid's hop on the bus. I'm trying to think of another example from literature or film of two movies, produced entirely independently of each other, drawing (presumably) from markedly different cultures and perceptions, making use of different conventions and idioms, and the one (again, presumably) not having a direct influence on the other, yet telling virtually the same story. They're like twins separated at birth. Now I've got to update my 90 Great Movies list to make room for GW.

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