Thursday, May 5, 2011

Notes on Rollerball

A few quick thoughts on Rollerball:

- McTiernan's elegant camerawork isn't abandoned, it is
disrupted. Like a derailed train of thought.

- The visceral effect of the action in the film isn't so much the result of McTiernan destroying pieces of a well constructed space, rather it's the the fragmented movements of bodies erupting
through the space that is really striking (specifically bodies as they erupt from twisted, yet carefully constructed, artificial landscapes).

- Space becomes more fragmented and scarier as certain sequences progress:

The precision and rhythm of the editing also lends this sequence an eerily graceful yet undeniably savage quality.
- A common gesture is shared between Aurora and Holly from the first Die Hard film. It's subtle, but like our Sleeping Beauty post last October, it's too specific to ignore. The gesture is of a feminine hand grasping the arm of a male with added pressure of the middle and ring fingers:
Holly uses this exact gesture when holding back her boss, Mr. Takagi:

1 comment:

  1. It has been indicated that the number 911 appears in DIE HARD as 116 in the timer of a bomb in a scene where the Germans just arrived and are establishing the control of the building.

    Also, there are a couple of shots in DIE HARD that show buildings that resemble the Twin Towers. In one of them John is at the left of the frame, behind him there is a window (the building outside are like the Twin Towers), and he just said something about a feeling of death or something like that.

    When the helicopter explodes there is a brief panoramic view and it is possible to see near the Nakatomi Building (at the right of the frame) a couple of buildings that resemble the Twin Towers (at the center of the frame).

    Mr. Mctiernan could be an insider. :-)

    The feminine hand depicts the "M" of MASON.
    It is the Triad Claw Hand Signal.

    Mr. Takagi dies. Did Aurora or Holly Die?