Then that scandal blows up in their faces and brings

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wants, including hiding their affair from the townspeople, until she finds him with another woman. Then that scandal blows up in their faces and brings the wrath of a local politician down on them all. He threatens to bring down Bob and the entire company. The producer comes in at the last second with a hefty bribe that changes the originally just and fair man's mind. After he has been corrupted, he sets his sights on running for government. As if corrupting innocent townspeople was not bad enough, the appearance of the film company also destroys several physical features of the town. In order for the cameraman to film his perfect shot, the shot he has been obsessing about since day one, he decides to throw a rock through the stained glass window of the fire house. The very same stained glass window that is the oldest preserved feature of the town and is probably the most expensive thing there. Without regard to any of its value, he picks up a rock and tosses it right through it, shattering the entire thing.
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In addition to the oldest thing in the town, the newest thing is also broken. After a drunken car ride involving the one Bob Barrenger, he crashes into the new stop light in town and destroys it. He does not seem to notice or even care until a police man informs him that they will be billing him for the damage. Everyone involved with this movie feels like they can swoop in and do whatever they want and damn the consequences. Even the writer, Joseph Turner White, who is probably the most innocent of the characters, brings ill fortune with him. After Ann, the director of the local theater group, meets him only once she cannot bear to be with her fiance any longer and breaks off the engagement. So, even though Joseph did not mean to do anything, his presence alone was enough to change someone's life. Between damaging relationships and town property and bringing scandal to a small town, it is clear that the film industry is not portrayed in a good light in this movie. It is possible that this a commentary of real film companies. Several movies have been filmed in my home town and, while they have not been as all-encompassing as this, they did cause an uproar. Bringing the hustle and bustle of movie life into a small town never ends well. It always ends in destruction.
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  • Spring '12
  • AlexJoy
  • small town, Bob Barrenger, oldest preserved feature, real film companies

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