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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:49 pm 
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Kill Bill (Vols 1 and 2) is one of the few movies I can watch any time just for the experience and not get bored. I especially like Bill's monologue about Superman toward the end. Not for any meaning, but just, again, it is entertaining and Bill's (actually Tarantino's) point was a new thought for me at the time. I try to not think too deeply about things when it's just for entertainment; I get easily bored by stories with pretentious messages or clever allegory. And I despise how deconstruction of superheroes is so in vogue in today's generation of writers, hence the ironic subject heading. But Bill's monologue did not deconstuct Superman, but instead, us, which I do enjoy. In any case, here's the monologue:

Bill wrote:
As you know, l’m quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero: Superman. Not a great comic book, not particularly well-drawn, but the mythology. The mythology is not only great, it’s unique…

Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spiderman is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spiderman. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone.

Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red 'S'... that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us.

Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He’s weak, he’s unsure of himself, he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.

I don't especially enjoy critical analysis any more than having to explain a joke to the humorless. So I wasn't looking for an analysis, but I found one while finding the script text. Here it is for those who enjoy meaning behind their entertainment:

Jonathan Lauret wrote:
In Bill's monologue from Kill Bill: Volume 2, Bill asserts that people who disguise themselves from the world can never change who they really are. He uses rhetorical devices such as anaphora, analogies, juxtaposition, parallelism, colloquial yet informative diction, and a rhetorical question in order to get his point across. His purpose is to juxtapose Superman and Beatrix in order to show Beatrix that she can never change who she really is no matter what she does. The intended audience is solely Beatrix.
https://prezi.com/xxntpdffey6h/the-superman-monologue-from-kill-bill-volume-2/

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I cordially detest Tarantino and so have not seen Kill Bill. However, as far as Superman is concerned, while not exactly a deconstruction, the old Larry Niven short story "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" deserves another read...

http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html

Another copy, with pictures..

http://artemusdada.livejournal.com/22305.html

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I have been a widower for a long time. My wife died of cancer and because I consider myself a "one woman man" I am still alone and will die alone.

My wife was special and I have not met another woman I could fully trust so I understand how Superman, with a superior IQ, could see that problem.
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In that video I saw what look like a Ford Zephyr and yes I did have one in the middle of the 60's(full burgandy) like...
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