Worse than death is to live ignorantly or blindly

Stephon 2022-09-02 23:20:08

"Scoop" is a comedy that combines elements of crime and magic. In the crime part, it is not difficult to see Woody Allen's tribute and reference to Agatha Christie's "ABC Crime". The magic part is through the magic cabinet to achieve the intersection of Yin and Yang. The magician Splindini (Woody Allen) becomes the go-between between the deceased ace journalist Joe Strombel and the would-be female journalist Sandra Pransky, and thus opens the door to a possible son of a baron. The message of the serial killer of the tarot card is passed from Styx to the world. "Celebrities, Murders, Prostitutes" is an absolute oversized scoop if Joe Strombel's information is true. So the magician is forced into a fake scene by a prospective female reporter full of professional enthusiasm to approach the baron's son in order to find out the truth.

From the baron's son Peter Lyman's hidden imitation crime in the tarot serial murder case, we peek into the dark and cowardly heart of this handsome, rich and successful man. Peter Lehmann would rather kill others by making mistakes over and over again, and would rather suffer the never-resting torment in his heart than face the cost of being exposed and punished by the law. In contrast, in the Styx, where the god of death was on the ferry, those who had passed away were calm in their hearts, and they were bored and communicated with each other about the cause of death. What's more, if the ace reporter Joe Strombel died, he could not lose his keenness and enthusiasm for news. He jumped off the boat desperately to achieve the truth and exclusive news; of course, he also had the past of the magician Splindini's car accident. He also got on the ferry of Death, but the place where he has company is his stage, no matter whether the other party is a human or a ghost, so he complained about the British left-hand drive affecting him to become an American hero, and lost no time to use magic to exude charm.

Bewitched by love, Pransky, who was once unable to see the truth, is the person Woody Allen wants to wake up in and out of the play, the blind faith and idolater: don't be deceived by false shells and pretty labels, "You know, not everything in the world is sinister... 99 percent of the time (and almost)."

To sum up, this is the outlook on life that Woody Allen conveyed through "Scoop": death is not terrible, what is terrible is ignorance and blindness, or living in darkness.

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Scoop quotes

  • Sid Waterman: This guy must be some lover if you're ready to drop the whole investigation! I must find out what breakfast cereal he eats...

  • Sid Waterman: Did you accomplish anything besides a possible pregnancy?

    Sondra Pransky: I'll tell you what I did see: his mother, Lady Eleanor, has short-cut, brunette hair.

    Sid Waterman: [stuttering] Yeah, but not a hooker?

    Sondra Pransky: [shocked pause] No, Sidney, she's not a hooker! I hardly think so. She's practically royalty. Christ, you amaze me sometimes. Your brain!