It's been a while since I saw the movie, and while noting all the conspiracy angles - especially the ritual orgy scene which is almost used as
"documentary" stock footage in many conspiracy documentaries - I wondered about some other approaches.
I once tried to do a gay reading of the film, although I couldn't find much overtly queer about it.
I recall one scene where the Cruise character is called homophobic names on the street by a bunch of macho idiots.
This makes a good point about how superficial know-nothings think they know what's going on in society, when they actually don't have a clue of what
the patriarchy that really governs their lives is really up to behind closed doors.
They just get the complete wrong message of hidden sexualities, and who may be up to something secret.
In that sense homophobia is for the rubes, who are too dumb to know of the orgies, the naked women and murdered prostitutes their system of power
Nevertheless, there's also the flirty gay (I think) hotel receptionist.
So there is a sense that there is hidden sexuality and hints of social codes going on in the illusion of "polite society" the whole time.
Sexuality is so deeply ingrained into us, that in a sense life is partly an erotic fantasy, just we may not be aware of that.
Next time I watch I'll be interested in a Freudian analysis of the conscious, the unconscious and the super-ego trying to relegate human experience
into categories, and the way they spill into each other sometimes.
That seems to be a good metaphor for society.
Even if we see the wrong things that power does (especially our individually chosen form of power), most people would prefer to relegate it out of
They would rather attack the clearly defined "other" than probe below the surface of their own ideology.
And ultimately "hear no evil/see no evil" is what keeps structures of power going.
edit on 12-1-2014 by halfoldman because: (no reason