08 September 2018

Spoilerly musings

This has to do with the 1978 Philip Kaufman Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and there will be spoilers. If you have not yet seen the movie, do not read on.

(No peeking.)

Leonard Nimoy reassures Donald Sutherland about Brooke Adams, saying, A good night's sleep wouldn't hurt.  This is a richly subtle line, in context.

Nimoy plays a psychiatrist, and Sutherland brought Adams to him for help, so the line on the surface is obvious, sensible advice from a doctor.

But we already have reason to suspect that the psychiatrist may have been changed, from the disappearance of the body from the Bellicec mud bath, and the open window. If that is the case, then a good night's sleep wouldn't hurt has a dark edge: he would mean, when Elizabeth goes to sleep, her body will be snatched, and thus the problem will go away.

Much later in the movie, when Elizabeth is changed, she tells Matthew, They were right, it's painless. It's good.

So when Nimoy told Sutherland, A good night's sleep wouldn't hurt, it could both be true that he is an alien wanting that Elizabeth be converted, and that the experience will not hurt.

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