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"Anderson has decided to allow character alone to sustain his film and has forfeited the reader's involvement. When the French novelists (and some film makers) of the 50's and 60's tried desperately to overcome the limitations of a narrative driven by character and plot, they attempted, with varying success, to substitute the reader (or viewer) as the source of creative impetus for the text. This meant providing sufficient visual stimulus to provoke the reader's responses, thereby allowing the reader's (viewer's) emotions to participate in the construction of the drama. Anderson has shaped two characters of great promise but whose interaction remains essentially unchanged and unprovocative throughout. As a result the film provides little or no stimulus through which the viewer can engage in the construction of the narrative. The viewer as spectator may work for comic strip film but in the absence of dramatic plot the audience must share in the creation of the film."

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