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Saturday, March 8, 2008

MisJoethropism On Camera

As usual Joe the Conqueror has kept me in the dark about his adventures. Now I find out he was a character in Broadway Danny Rose (though subject there to some cruel misJoethropism) :

"He [Vito Rispoli] glances about him as he walks up and across the busy sidewalk to Joe, who is leaning on the side of their car. An el is in the background; people walk underneath it. Vito hands Joe a slice of pizza. They eat and talk; one of the platform's pillars stands in front of Joe, partially obscuring him."

And there you have it. Partially obscured by a pillar! It's unconscionable. It's unAmerican. It's misJoethropic. Why couldn't Vito have been the one to have been partially obscured? Why? Why did Woody do this?

Three Films of Woody Allen (New York: Vintage, 1987), p. 245.

The scripts in this text are interesting in the degree to which they mirror the fractured way some people talk:

TINA [Mia] (Into the phone)
All ri--? . . . Of course I miss you. But will you lay off the sauce? . . . Ch--. . . All right.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Well, I'm uh-uh, you know, I'm right outside the frame. 'Cause if, uh, the picture went on another inch, I would be, I was back on the, on the, behind the dais and everything.

In any case, the stature that attaches to appearing in a film like this outweighs the pain of the persecution, so, as usual, Joe the Conqueror comes out ahead.

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