Odd Narration in the 1969 film, "Double Suicide" The following paper looks at how and why (to what ends and for what effects) the odd narration, particularly at the start of the film, is cleverly insinuated into the acclaimed 1969 film, Double Suicide. The key thing I want to argue is that the narration gives us a sense of detachment and dislocation in the sense that the “director” is talking analytically and fairly dispassionately about the final suicide scene involving two ill-fated lovers. In my view, the narration serves two purposes: first of all, I believe that the lovers are controlled by forces beyond their control and the “voice of God” – a voice that discusses what is to be done with them – reinforces this idea; love-torn lovers...The end:
....., the narration in the film – at least at the beginning – is a good metaphor for the helplessness of people captured or ensnared by social conventions and by the larger injustices of the world. The voice suggests, because it is the voice of a controlling deity, that we cannot control our lives; however, maybe we can simply elect to accept life as it comes and cease believing that everything will always end up perfectly just as we imagine it should. All in all, the work is a testament to how little we control – and a testament to how important it is that we handle the hidden hand (or voice) of fate in the appropriate manner. Works Cited Double Suicide. Dir. Shinoda Masahiro. Perf . Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, and Hosei Komatsu. 1969.