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  •  Nothing is Merely... (none)
    Nothing is merely about what it purports to be... at least that's my stand... everything is a substitute for something else and a metaphor for one thing or another.  That's why it is legitimate for viewers to "interpret" a subject (whether film, literature, etc.).  Of course, one's interpretation may be way different than another's, and some interpretations are certainly closer to the mark, but it is always legitimate to try to draw "lessons" from a subject.

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    by bedobe on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:06:52 AM PDT

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    •  True to some extent (none)
      but how deep do you analyze something before it's just a series of metaphors, symbols, and allegories without any substance underneath?  I honestly think that the filmmakers were trying to tell a story about how these birds lived, not advance any social causes (global warming, evolution, etc).

      It's interesting to note that the film is French, and at the version shown at Cannes, there was no typical narration -- it was French actors doing voieceovers anthropomorphically as the penguins ("Come to me, son."  "Mommy, why is that seal attacking you?"  "It's sure cold tonight.")  I think this indicates "March" was intended as a simple family film, not a scholarly address of issues.

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      by AnthonySF on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:23:15 AM PDT

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      •  Yes... (none)
        On it's face you're absolutely correct.  However, I would argue that, since the American version was re-edited and narrated to emphasize the "Love" theme, these two points only emphasize my point that it is perfectly legitimate to peer below the surface and "interpret" what the material "says about a subject."

        This is a classical exercise in literary interpretation, can text/material be interpreted in a larger contextual setting or does one focus narrowly exclusive on the text.  I lean towards the larger contextual reading.

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        by bedobe on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:40:46 AM PDT

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