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Wednesday, 28 November 2012


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"That man seems a little too excited to see Jon's sword. "

I recently looked up the "nice gun" scene from Red River, and was struck by how well played and how funny it is. Montgomery Clift's gesture and look at :09-12 are really perfect.


So are you saying that sometimes a sword is just a sword? That Martin/Benioff & Weiss/Alan Taylor are at once inviting the psychoanalytic criticism as well as circumscribing and undercutting it? Is Martin the Mel Brooks of fantasy?


Inviting and undermining, I think, which is par for the course with Martin's treatment of the genre generally. That said, I don't think it's possible not to have swords and swordplay just be about swords and swordplay, because the association is so deeply rooted in the Western tradition at this point.

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