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  •  I disagree with you about narrative (2+ / 0-)

    in music, so we're at loggerheads over that.  Perhaps opera might make a hybrid analogy because it is both music and text narrative.  Knowing that Madame Butterfly's going to kill herself doesn't make the suspense of waiting for it less interesting the second time.  In fact, I can't think that the first time you see it that it could possibly be better because of the surprise.

    I think this whole concern about spoilers is overblown.  If you don't want to hear a spoiler, don't read reviews.  Otherwise, you're forcing the rest of us to dumb down the discourse, like parents talking in code about Christmas presents.

    •  opera is a different beast, because of the.... (0+ / 0-)

      .....welding of music with the story, and because the story of a given opera is not the sole element in its construction.  In the context of movies, I guess we are at loggerheads (but at least we both know that) regarding spoilers, since the job of a review is to discuss the quality of the film, but without giving away the major elements of the plot.  It's like when I was discussing in BF that I was reading Les Miserables, since that made reading it a bit more of a challenge, knowing how it was going to end, and the very general plot points along the way.  What I got as surprise, besides the overall experience of the novel, was all the details that obviously didn't get into the musical, the details from the novel that I did not know in advance.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:02:46 PM PDT

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