Pete and Zeena and the Secret Code

Pete and Zeena and the Secret Code

The traveling family in the original film is complex. Goulding’s direction features ensemble acting, which better fits the theatrical settings of the tent carnies. The first half of the film takes place in a world of live entertainment, and the actors dance off each other.

Both Mike Mazurki in the original film, and Ron Perlman in the remake, allow the strongman Bruno to bear the brunt of not being able to hold the family together, and arranging the shotgun marriage which tears it apart. Their roles are similar, and they bring an earthy class to both films.

Their relationships are shaded and tangled, but loving and protective

Del Toro focuses squarely on Cooper. It is his film. The other characters are brushed off into more isolated scenes to keep alt sexo org Carlisle in the spotlight. We are rooting for him as he and his wife Molly (Rooney Mara) run off to do nightclubs as a headlining spiritualist act. We worry when he promises wealthy clientele he can communicate with the dead, knowing spook shows are treacherous.

Power isn’t even always center stage in the framing of the original film. Stanton is figuratively relegated to the archetypal femme fatale of the era, climbing the ladder of success one woman at a time. Continue reading “Pete and Zeena and the Secret Code”