Leon the Professional has a small one. Anton Chigurh has a tall one. Hans "The Jew Hunter" Landa has a fresh one—What is it? Why, a glass of milk!
In a new video essay from Now You See It, the film analysis YouTube Channel explores the impressions and implications of milk in cinema, and surprise, surprise, it's a lot more prevalent than you'd think. From Hitchcock to Westworld, characters throughout film history just can't seem to withstand the innocuous allure of that creamy cow's nourishment. So, what's it all mean? Does it represent the splash of humanity prevailing inside a seemingly diabolical character? Is it, like the Melange spice of Dune, the "elixir of all life," but for humans? Or is it simply a bad choice on more than one occasion? Wade through the white waters yourself in the video essay below, Milk in Movies: Why Do Characters Drink It?
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