We rented The Elephant Man (1980) a couple of weeks ago and subsequently learned that it was Mel Brooks who hired David Lynch to direct the film. (See also the Wikipedia entry.) Who better to influence the portrayal of the circus!
The film moved me and helped me to understand a little better what is dramatized in the Comments Section of so many posts in social media, something I’ve tried to deal with elsewhere.
This one took a circuitous route. It started when I was reminded of those TV commercials that feature a series of actors reciting a snippet of what then becomes a more complete sales pitch, something I dislike almost as much as children in ads. Then it occurred to me that this technique is much more emblematic and generalizable.
We hardly ever walk our way into anything of social significance; rather, we talk our way in. Sometimes there’s even a script; sometimes there isn’t. The script is the doorway.