Tuesday, December 20, 2016

we will laugh in the car

In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie.  There's only "expedient exaggeration."

~~  Roger Thornhill, in North By Northwest

In the film North By Northwest, there's a scene which takes place at the U.N. where advertising man Roger Thornhill (portrayed by Cary Grant) is talking to a guy -- a diplomat, I think, and suddenly the diplomat is killed -- a man steps out from behind a wall and aims a knife and throws it, and it embeds in the diplomat's back, & he falls forward into the arms of Cary Grant.

Yesterday this New York Times headline -- "Russian Ambassador to Turkey Is Assassinated in Ankara" showed a photograph, which was so like the movie, that I thought, "That's just like in North by Northwest!"

Not exactly -- gun, not knife, was used.  But the scene had a similar ambience.


What is real?  What is fiction?  Where are we?  Where are we going?  Who's really in charge?