Answer the questions from Exercise S2 for the following movies: (a) In the 1941 movie classic The…

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(a) In the 1941 movie classic The Maltese Falcon, the
hero, Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), is the only person who knows the location of
the immensely valuable gem-studded falcon figure, and the villain, Caspar
Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet), is threatening to torture him for that
information. Spade points out that torture is useless unless the threat of
death lies behind it, and Gutman cannot afford to kill Spade, because then the
information dies with him. Therefore, he may as well not bother with the threat
of torture. Gutman replies, “That is an attitude, sir, that calls for the most
delicate judgment on both sides, because, as you know, sir, men are likely to
forget in the heat of action where their best interests lie and let their
emotions carry them away.”

(b) The 1925 Soviet classic The Battleship Potemkin (set
in the summer of 1905) closes with a squadron of ships from the tsar’s Black
Sea fleet chasing the mutinous and rebellious crew of the Potemkin. The tension
mounts as the ships draw ever closer. Men on each side race to their battle
stations, load and aim the huge guns, and wait nervously for the order to fire
on their countrymen. Neither side wants to attack the other, but neither wants
to back down or to die without defending itself. The tsar’s ships have orders
to take the Potemkin by any means necessary, and the crew knows it will be
tried for treason if it surrenders.

 

 

 

 

 

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