Wednesday, February 1, 2012
"Have You Seen Notorious?"
So, while teaching my rewrite class at USC, I was talking to my class about the movie "Notorious," and how the plot device (the Nazi plot involving radioactive powder in wine bottles) isn't what keeps the audience in their seats. All the audience really cares about is whether Grant and Bergman will get back together in the end.
I noticed the class staring back at me blankly, and at first I thought they had heard this worn out example of McGuffins and main tension too many times. Then I realized...
...They thought I was talking about "Notorious B.I.G." None of them had seen the Hitchcock film.
I don't know what to make of this. Am I out of touch?