Identification Desire and Its Cinematic Arena
41 Plurality and Its Menus
No one constantly wishes to be somebody else. Actually, most people are desirous of many things, not permanently the same ones; and particularly in terms of how’d you like to be (which widely means who’d you like to be) there are permanent changes. They depend on your momentary condition, certain moods, some whim. In regard to movies you will–provided you wish to try out scenarios of behaving like, or “being” like, someone not quite yourself but imaginable enough to be approximate to your mental costume–pick those drafts which correspond with that momentary state of mind and, beyond that, with your general attitude, affections, passions, in short your “nature” (about which, of course, you can really know but little). We have been so far.
But now it is time to put more emphasis on the element of choice. Whatever makes you pick this or that, there is always an abundance of offers you can choose from. There is regardless of the respective historical stage (although there is a permanent increase). In the olden times, living in a large city, you consulted the papers to find out which films were playing and which specific one was to your liking. Later on, in the TV era, the offer (if you didn’t want to go out) was much reduced, in the beginning ridiculously so. That, over time, became better. Then it got better still: you could buy or rent VCR cassettes, you had your “home cinema” although one...