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In television interviews, Cameron said that the movie Terrible Beauties 35 takes its inspiration from the spy thriller, particularly the James Bond movies. To me, the movie suggests that while Bond is usually seen as a philandering loner without any domestic attachments, he is also the government man who defends the status quo and as such must ultimately embody the ideology of the normative bourgeois masculine subject. In other words, if one scratches the surface of Bond’s image, one finds beneath it Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger), the secret agent who is also a family man.
Though we can only know and articulate our desire as individuals, it is never simply for the individual that desire seeks satisfaction in the object but for the socius that determines the individual’s degree of existence within a given world. To use the language of Badiou, the socius can be located in the transcendental or in the immanent logic that governs the appearance of things in a world. The first version of The Abyss belies this message because the alternative is between the mad soldier who would use technology to destroy all humankind to satisfy the demands of his paranoia and the reasonable employees of corporate capital who merely want to save their individual lives and the lives of other individuals (including the aliens).
In the film, this illusion is the image of the Titanic as a Terrible Beauties 39 dream ship, an enormous and socially totalizing commodity. This dream ship answers the social demand for a reality that works, that can fulfill all human needs, including the need for a social arrangement that allows each subject to coexist with others in such a way as to permit a life without terrible suffering and pain that includes some limited free play to desire, a free play that constitutes hope. Unfortunately, such free play is also meant to coexist with the absolute satisfactions of power and privilege, which can only be realized through the accumulation of wealth and the exclusion and/or control of the other.
Bad History and the Logics of Blockbuster Cinema: Titanic, Gangs of New York, Australia, Inglourious Basterds by Patrick McGee (auth.)