Film Spoilers and
|Film Title/Year and Plot Twist-Spoiler-Surprise Ending Description|
The Machinist (2004)
Trevor Was Involved in a Deadly Hit-and-Run Accident That Killed a Young Boy A Year Earlier. His Subconscious Was Reminding Him of His Suppressed Guilt Through Distorted Memories and Thoughts. An Imaginary Friend Named Ivan (A Product of Trevor's Troubled Mind) Was Stalking Him, Sending Malicious Messages, And Threatening to Kill Him. Trevor Turned Himself In
This perplexing, suspenseful psychological thriller from Brad Anderson was similar in part to Fight Club (1999) and Memento (2000). The first line of the film hinted at the theme: "Who are you?" Its taglines were:
The main protagonist was:
The grim, weakened, zombie-like Trevor went on a quest to discover who he was, what traumatic thing or event caused him to be the way he was, and why things were going from bad to worse. The viewer was trapped within Trevor's mind and point-of-view, so it was difficult to answer lots of the film's questions:
All the clues to his problems and questions were eventually unraveled and summed up in a short flashback in the conclusion at the 1 hour 30 minute mark, when he finally declared: "I know who you are." All of Trevor's delusions were oblique pieces of his own suppressed memories:
It was revealed what had happened to Trevor one year earlier:
Trevor vacated his apartment and turned himself in to the police department by taking the right fork in the highway to downtown: "I'd like to report a hit and run," and was then led to a holding cell where he told the guards: "I just wanna sleep."
The final flashback view was of Trevor driving down the road following the hit-and-run, before fading to white.
Emaciated Machinist Trevor (Christian Bale) With Hooker Stevie (Jennifer Jason Leigh)
Co-Worker Ivan (John Sharian)
Waitress Marie (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón)
Co-worker Reynolds with Ivan in The Imagined Fishing Picture
Route 66 Medallion
Trevor Looking Back at Accident Scene Before Hit-and-Run
The Accident - Smashed Windshield
The Maltese Falcon Was a Fake; Brigid Was Arrested For the Murder of Spade's Partner Miles
There were a few twists in this moody, early film noir from director John Huston:
The climax was highlighted by Brigid's arrest for the murder (and her descent in an elevator), and Spade's famous last-line response after being asked by Sergeant Tom Polhaus (Ward Bond) about the statue:
The Murder of Miles Archer
The Maltese Falcon - The Black Bird
Brigid After Arrest
"What is it?"
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Doniphon (Not Ransom) Shot Villain Liberty Valance
The film ended with a climactic and miraculous shootout, shown in the film's lengthy flashback told to local newspaper editor Maxwell Scott (Carleton Young).
The legendary shootout was between two opponents on a dusty street:
Rugged homesteader and gunslinger Tom Doniphon (John Wayne) confided in a private confrontation with Ransom the real truth of the legendary gunfight - Ransom never shot Liberty.
In a 'flashback within a flashback' introduced with a swirl of smoke ("You didn't kill Liberty Valance...Think back, Pilgrim"), Doniphon said he had been on a side street with sidekick Pompey (Woody Strode) when the showdown occurred. Pompey threw him a rifle and at the exact moment of the shooting, Doniphon had killed Valance.
Doniphon had done so to sacrificially protect the love of his life Hallie (Vera Miles) from heartbreak (knowing Stoddard would die in a face-off), and also for the greater good of the territory poised for statehood. However, Doniphon turned bitter and burned his own house down which was planned to be the residence for his bride-to-be Hallie.
For the remainder of his life as a politician, Stoddard was mistakenly known as "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" - even the local newspaper editor Maxwell Scott (Carleton Young) wouldn't accept the truth, asserting instead:
Doniphon to Ransom: "You didn't kill Liberty Valance"
Doniphon on a Side Street Killed Valance
Manon of the Spring (1986, Fr./It./Switz.) (aka Manon des Sources)
Set 10 Years After the First Film, Jean de Florette (1986), Ugolin Hung Himself Because Manon Didn't Love Him; Ironically, Wealthy Landowner Cesar Soubeyran Learned That He Was Jean De Florette's Father; Guilt-Ridden Cesar Died and Left Everything to Manon - His Natural Grand-Daughter
Part two of the Jean de Florette (1986, Fr.) tale, a sequel set 10 years later, was about pretty blonde shepherdess Manon Cadoret (Emmanuelle Beart). She was the offspring daughter of parents living in the Provencal of France:
In this second part of the story, Manon was determined to take revenge upon the two men indirectly responsible for the death of her father in the first film.
Two co-conspirators were involved in the death of Manon's father, Jean de Florette, when he died from an explosive charge while searching for water on his newly-inherited property, after his well spring had been deliberately plugged up. The two schemers then bought the land from Aimée, Jean de Florette's widow, for a very cheap price - they both profited from Jean's death. They were:
There were two noteworthy deaths and surprise revelations:
Manon Cadoret (Emmanuelle Beart)
Suicidal Hanging of Ugolin
Marnie Suffered Severe Mental and Sexual Problems (and the Fear of the Color Red) Due to Self-Defensively Killing One of Her Prostitute Mother's Sailor Clients When She Was a Child
The main character of Hitchcock's 'sex-mystery' (about frigidity, marital rape, and murder) was blonde phobic con artist, liar and compulsive thief Margaret 'Marnie' Edgar (Tippi Hedren). At the start of the film, she was revealed as Marion Holland, a secretary in the firm of tax consultant Sidney Strutt (Martin Gabel), where she stole almost $10,000.
Her next job as a typist was at a Philadelphia publishing firm owned by wealthy widower and playboy Mark Rutland (Sean Connery). The prudish, icy blonde Marnie and handsome Mark became romantically involved, during which time she was experiencing nightmares, severe panic attacks (occurring during a thunderstorm), and a phobic fear of the color red. When Mark discovered Marnie's theft of funds from the company, he blackmailed her into marrying him.
During a honeymoon cruise, Mark wanted to sleep with (have sex with) Marnie - he hungrily advanced toward her, kissed her, ripped off her nightgown (the silky garment fell to her feet), embraced her, laid on top of her on the bed and took her (his face filling the entire screen). She stared upward in a frozen, paralyzed catatonic state - completely lacking any passion or emotion. Why was she so sexually frigid?
In the conclusion of the film, Mark confronted Marnie's mother Bernice (Louise Latham) with the truth of her risky occupation as a prostitute:
When Bernice began to hysterically attack Mark in Marnie's presence, Marnie remembered, and relived in a scary flashback, a repressed, traumatic childhood experience that occurred during a thunder and lightning storm. Her mother was a 20 year-old wartime prostitute when Marnie was a 5 year-old girl (Melody Thomas Scott). Her deep-seated problems were due to trauma when she witnessed her mother being attacked by sex partner and pedophile, white-suited sailor (Bruce Dern).
Marnie was awakened from her bed and moved to the living room, while her mother and male client used the bed. She then recalled: "He come out to me," and comforted her during the storm by stroking her hair and kissing her. When her protective mother saw them together, she intervened and they wrestled together above the young girl. Marnie was upset by the memory:
Marnie screamed as she saw her mother attack the sailor with a fire poker, but he overpowered her and fell on her, and it dropped from her hands. When her mother screamed out: "Marnie, help me," young Marnie defensively delivered a blow to his head with the poker ("I hit him, I hit him with a stick, I hurt him") - and murdered him ("There, there now"). Crimson blood ran down the white T-shirt of the mortally-wounded seaman. Marnie's mother was the one who took the blame and stood trial for the self-defense murder.
These events were revealed to be the source of all of Marnie's phobias, recurring nightmares and fear of the color red and white - she was desperate for love, but couldn't allow a man to be intimately close to her. She had subconsciously attempted to 'repay' (with monetary gifts) her mother for standing up for her, although she had almost entirely erased the memory of the killing. Mentally-ill, cheating, lying and disturbed Marnie had secretly feared that she wasn't loved, and would never be loved or have children, so she compensated by stealing and cramming robbed goods into her purse (a symbol of her empty womb).
After the revelation about the murder, the mother described how her daughter had been conceived at the age of 15. She wanted the basketball sweater of a boy named Billy, and allowed him to have sex with her ("Billy said that if I let him, I could have the sweater. So I let him"), but afterwards when she became pregnant, he abandoned her. She confessed her love for Marnie:
Marnie agreed that she was decent, but also much more: "I certainly am decent. Of course, I'm a cheat, and a liar and a thief, but I am decent." Mark tried to convince Marnie to think more highly of herself:
Marnie asked Mark what was going to happen, and then told Mark that she wanted it "all cleared up." She worried: "Will I go to jail?" He responded that he would defend her: "No. Not after what I have to tell them." As they departed and were standing on the doorstep, they spoke one more time:
Mark and Marnie: Honeymoon Sex or Rape?
Marnie's Mother Bernice (Louise Latham)
Marnie Describing a Traumatic Childhood Event
Killing the Male John With a Fireplace Poker
The Ending Scene
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