Subject: notes from my brain
From: Victor Fabian
I just wanted to share some of the points I picked up on from The Stepford Wives. I believe La Quiebra occurs is on page 29 when Mazzard makes her one of his, so to speak. Up to that point she is considered (and considers herself, if only an amateur) a photographer. In some cultures (and past times) it is feared that photographs steal ones soul. Mazzard took definitely took a part of Joanne's when he sketched her. On pages 2, 13, 19, and 23 the product of her semi-professional hobby are considered photographs. Soon after Mazzard sketches her, her photographs are reduced to pictures. Un-ironically, the first mention of her pictures (as pictures) is on page 64 on the same page where you noted La Quiebra. Furthermore, on page 69 she submits photos to a gallery but is returned (rejected) pictures.
- IMDB trivia states that Ira Levin was originally going to pen this as a play but because it contained so many characters, he opted to write it as a novel instead.
- The three act structure however, remains (setup, confrontation, resolution).
- "It's in the water" I failed to find the origin of this popular saying and wether or not it originated from this novel.
- In the opening sequence of the film all the men and Joanna walk from the left to right opposite to most of the women. The women walk from right of the screen towards the left. It is a widely used film gimmick similar to the opening scene of the graduate where the protagonist walks in the opposite direction from the flow of traffic. This typically symbolizes that the character is at a loss of direction, traveling again the status quo, etc. In Stepford Wives I feel that her walking opposite to women is equivalent to walking in the wrong direction.
Here's an interesting link that talks a little about soul stealing.
Finally, I'm reading a bit about WE and it almost reminds me of the movie The Island.
Victor F Delgadillo