Monday, January 25, 2010

THAS: Scene from Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors


A Scene from Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors (1993)

A lovely scene, its sophistication lying in how the camera's gentle movements and revolutions are spurred by the nimbleness of the scene's staging.

"I think I met him, eh, um--- met him at some embassy thing."
"Wait. You're a, uh, a diplomat?"

"No, not quite," laughs a High Ambassador of Sexual Congress, international and unambiguously bicameral.

The brittleness of the interaction between the desirous but conspiring older woman and the kittenish younger one (and her aloof, innocent tolerance), is expertly staged, knowingly calculated.

"I won't be a minute. Make yourself at home."

"It's okay."

"Don't you find the minarets absolutely... enchanting?"

Now let's all just take a moment to give a big hand to costuming! (Credit where it's due: Rona Doron, still prolific in the Israeli film industry)

A Coptic hymn is heard carrying through Alexandria, but then gives way on the soundtrack to a string chamber piece as she glimpses remnants of aging European licentiousness.

"Have you ever read de Sade?"
"Isn't that where the word 'sadist' comes from?"

And a perfectly pitched chortle of a negation erupts from her throat. (No making fun of Zoe Trilling!)

"Here, have this... as a memento of our first meeting."
"Welcome to your new home. And our meeting. And to freedom."