This Thing Called Courage

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

V for Vendetta

"Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V." -- V's introduction to Evey at the beginning of the film, 'V for Vendetta.'

I saw this movie the other night and highly recommend it as a tonic for those who feel the current fascist administration has gone on too long. Feel-Good for Fascism, one might say. It's based on the Alan Moore graphic novel of the same name, which came out in the late '80's. I'll have more to say about it tomorrow--the following is from Wikipedia:

There is repeated reference to the letter "V", or 5 in Roman numerals, throughout the film. V is held in Larkhill cell number "V". V's favorite phrase is "By the power of truth, I, a living man, have conquered the universe", (which in latin is "Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.") V's Zorro-like signature is a "V". During the battle with Creedy and his men, V forms a "V" with his daggers just before he throws them. V's introduction to Evey, begins and ends with "V" and contains 55 words beginning with "V". (Fifty-five is the product of 11 and 5, similar to the Fifth of November.) When V confronts Creedy, V plays Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, whose openning notes have a rhythmic pattern that resembles the letter "V" in Morse code (···–). The Symphony's openning was used as a call-sign in the European broadcasts of the BBC during World War II in reference to Winston Churchill's "V for Victory". The film's title itself, is also a reference to "V for Victory". Finally, an inverted red-on-black "A" symbol for anarchy is shown as V's "V" symbol.


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