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MILK in films (3 replies and 3 comments)

jack Lawrence
1 week ago
jack Lawrence 1 week ago

Hello Mr. Roger Deakins,

I have been thinking about this for months and would love your insight. what is the significance of MILK in films. The use of Milk always seems to be associated to Power or murder. Why is that? 

I Understand the symbolism has something to do with "Demented Childhood", but why milk? is it Freudian? 

Examples being: There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, and A clockwork Orange... etc

Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

I think the milk in NCFOM contrasts our usual idea of the hard drinking westerner and in some way it represents a loss of childhood innocence. Freudian, maybe, but I never believed much he had to say.

jack Lawrence
1 week ago

Do you think that what characters consume in films should always be symbolic in nature? That if you show someone eating something in a movie it should be motivated metaphorically as an insight into their character?

Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

I think a burger can be just a burger!

There is a tradition in westerns of characters entering a bar and ordering a sarsaparilla or milk. Think Spencer Tracy or Jimmy Stewart.

Mike
1 week ago

The “duke” will turn in his grave hearing that.

Baudelaire
7 days ago

im very much in the burger can be just a burger camp. Maybe it is the nature of the medium but it does seem to seem to encourage over thinking.

Roger Deakins
7 days ago
Roger Deakins 7 days ago

Doesn't it so! And don't start me on abstract painting!

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