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 Post subject: Masks
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:23 pm 
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Masks are used in IJ. Don Gately was wearing a mask when he helped Hal dig up himself's head. Masks were used in Greek dramas to show the emotions of the actor. ...?


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 Post subject: Re: Masks
PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:34 am 
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I'm not sure about this, but I think masks were used in Greek drama to hide the idenity of the actor.


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 Post subject: Re: Masks
PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:09 am 
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Masks were used in Greek dramas to show the emotions of the actor. ...?

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I'm not sure about this, but I think masks were used in Greek drama to hide the identity of the actor.


Masks were used so that the audience, which would have been seated in amphitheater and some members quite a distance away, could easily identify the characters portrayed by the actors, allowed the audience to easily see where the voice was coming from and enabled each actor to play multiple roles in the different scenes of the acts.

Perhaps the masks in IJ only reveal what the wearer wishes to reveal, as the face (sometimes) reveals the thoughts and emotions of the soul just as a map reveals the contours and details of terrain.

Of course, as a criminal, Gately would perhaps have worn a mask to conceal his identity?


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 Post subject: Re: Masks
PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:10 pm 
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masks in ancient Greek drama also had, essentially, small megaphones built into them to help with projecting the voice in those amphitheatres, which isn't entirely off-point if we look at these as early forms of amplification and transmission that parallel, for example, the veiled Madame Psychosis broadcasting her radio show or the mask's place in the videotelephony boom and bust.


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 Post subject: Re: Masks
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:25 pm 
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Saraguin wrote:
Don Gately was wearing a mask when he helped Hal dig up himself's head.



It's John Wayne that wears the mask, not Gately; pgs 16-17


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 Post subject: Re: Masks
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:32 pm 
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lol. Same difference though.


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