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Darren H

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How is the tone of the film determined by the two opening sequences (Linklater's monologue and the mother-killer)?

Incidentally, what do you ultimately make of that mother-killer scene, Darren? The bits I listened to from the commentary suggest that such a person and occurrence was the stuff of legend around Austin. Giving flesh to a bit of somewhat sensationalistic college town lore is a fairly sharp contrast with populating the rest of the film with people who by and large he knew. I do love the way that scene blends in with the nonstop jogger and the talking guys on the sidewalk afterwards, but apart from taking the non-judgment principle to an almost absurd degree, I can't say that I think it fits with the rest of the film.

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