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Monday, 18 July 2005


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I had not "processed" that reference to God in the narration. Very interesting. What did you think about the early, early scene of the church coming down at the beginning of the film?

Scott Eric Kaufman

I had forgotten about that one, actually. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I've found it, at least. Actually, now that I think about it, maybe it's another example of Spielberg playing to the Christian community, as the pathos of an exploding church is bound to involve a greater emotional investment than the destruction of the Pay Less Shoe store next door...

Wax Banks

Out of curiosity, and only two years late: is that closing narration the only deliberately anachronistic language in the entire film? i.e. If it's drawn verbatim from Wells's book, should we read into its departure from the naturalistic contemporary chatter that fills the film up 'til that point? (Particularly given how not-particularly-Victorian-looking the tripods are in the film...) To the extent that WotW is a 9/11 film - a coping-with-disaster film - is the archaism a critique of wishful thinking, hoping that science/progress/demographics (haha) will save Us from Them once They make up Their minds to whoop Our asses?

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