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To: Uncle Chip

OK, I have another question - Keyser Sose, I just looked up the name. It was a fictional character from a movie about drug dealers. I don’t get it. What are they talking about?


45 posted on 12/01/2012 11:05:23 AM PST by Eva
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To: Eva

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyser_S%C3%B6ze


57 posted on 12/01/2012 11:27:27 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Eva
You're focusing too much on details, or the summary you read is not very good.

[Spoilers of The Usual Suspects ahead.]

Keyser Soze is essentially a "legend." And by that, I mean the kind of legend created by intgelligence/counterintelligence people: a character fiction or backstory containing sufficient elements of truth which make it appear to be factual, but which is, in fact, false.

In most books and films, we consider the narrator omniscient and truthful. The narrator in The Usual Suspects is an example of a technique referred to as "an unreliable narrator." [Christopher Nolan (of Batman fame) also explored this technique very thoroughly in his previous film, Memento.]

Because we cannot trust the narrator, by the end of The Usual Suspects, we do not really know if anything related to the policeman during the interrogation that forms the basis of the movie was truthful or not. This makes the ending -- which introduces the ONE verifiable FACT in the whole movie -- satisfying, and also makes repeated reviewing of the film interesting; to see if we can determine what parts of the story are true. The character of Keyser Soze himself may (or may not be) one of the reliable parts of the narrative.

The metaphor of Keyser Soze in the instant case is quite apt.

59 posted on 12/01/2012 11:28:22 AM PST by FredZarguna (Nothing against Paki's. Just paraphrasing Biden. Or Hillary. Or Both.)
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To: Eva

The whole article was written extremely poorly. Sadly, it seems to be a style of writing that some people think is “hip”.


94 posted on 12/01/2012 9:18:33 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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