Episode 558: Exposition

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  1. Yonah Paley says:

    Great episode!

    Another example that comes to mind is Sydney Pollack’s conversation with Tom Cruise near the end of Eyes Wide Shut. It cleverly toes the line between exposition and mystery, answering some of the audience’s questions, but bringing up many more.

  2. Andrew says:

    Krallice AND Dawn Ray’d shout-outs??? You’ve got your black metal bonafides with me, David.

  3. Harry says:

    you gave me all the clues

  4. bob says:

    did i miss it or did you guys not mention Children of Men? Because that first scene is a rare example of news footage doing an OK job of informing you of the situation, but somewhat indirectly.

    However, there is some clunky exposition later (1) when Clive Owen is smoking weed with Michael Caine and (2) at the Farmhouse. And there’s that “Only Britain Soldiers On” montage playing on the bus’s TV screens.

    Anyway, that film, and particularly its use of news footage to open the film, is a frequent point of debate w/me & my friends. News Footage is almost always the clunkiest of expository tools (see I Am Legend or World War Z), but i think CoM is a little more deft

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