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(Among the dropped scenes, one particularly misses Act I, Scene 2, the party
given by Eichmann.) By concentrating exclusively on the story of Fontana's vain
appeals to the Pope, Shumlin has gone far toward burying the historical
Sometimes the narration can be justified as providing links between scenes. ... In
this case, we usually get the word first, then the scene. ... But sometimes we get
the scene first, then the explanation, the description of what has just happened.
The effect of this “superfluous” narration is to punctuate the scene with intervals. It
puts a brake on the spectator's direct imaginative participation in the action.
Whether the order is from comment to scene or from scene to comment, the effect
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review