northanger (northanger) wrote,

perspectival distortion

something occurred to me after posting this. when kelvin arrives (in soderbergh's version), gordon is the only human onboard Prometheus. {spoiler warning} snow is actually a polytheres (or, doppelgänger), but this isn't revealed until the end of the movie. gordon, perhaps knowing she's the only survivor, is locked in her quarters. she has to be coaxed out by kelvin, a psychologist. he tells her he's the last effort to recover this mission before they abandon this ship and everyone on board.

about the only thing kelvin manages to do successfully is help the last survivor escape Solaris. he fails miserably {a} resolving counter-transference issues; {b} apparently dying on Prometheus as it falls into Solaris; & {c} unable to provide feedback on what happened & how the polytheric phenomenon could be eliminated to support further research.

everybody has a doppelgänger; however, soderbergh (if i remember correctly) never reveals gordon's. {novel} while kelvin is sleeping, gibarian, a suicide, tells him:

We think ourselves as the Knights of the Holy Contact. This is another lie. We are only seeking Man. We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors.

paul delvaux used mirrors in many of his paintings, especially in The Break of Day where a new element is introduced; the reflected figure is not present within the scene, but exists outside the canvas field. She is, therefore, in some sense, the viewer, even if that viewer should happen to be male. (Duchamp's mirrorical return & compensation portraits expand & duplicate the mirror).

i'd have to see the movie again to see how this holds up: gordon's doppelgänger, "not present in the scene", also represents the viewer.


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