Potter Stewart was the US Supreme Court justice who said, in the case Jacobellis v. Ohio (1964), “I shall not today attempt further to define (pornography)… But I know it when I see it…”
So I was reading In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honoré, and he quotes Augustine: “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know: if I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not…” (Book XI, ~400AD)
Mr. Stewart had a bit of prior art on that idea.
From the movie Strange Days. Mace (Angela Bassett) tells Lenny (Ralph Fiennes) about how memories are designed to fade. Meanwhile, though, elephants are watching from Lenny’s wall.
I got to ask director Kathryn Bigelow about whether the symbolism meant anything, and/or was intentional, at a screening. (The same screening where I noticed this shot.) “No… I’m going to have to ask my art director about this someday.”
I’m amused by the idea of the art director (John Warnke) rebelling against the script in the most subtle way possible.