This week's selection for Ethical Dilemmas on Film is the 1992 Neil Jordan film The Crying Game. Here are some questions to focus your reflection on the various ethically relevant themes this work addresses:
Does The Crying Game fit into any particular genre?
What's the purpose of the frog/scorpion story?
In how many ways does the film play with the issue of identity?
Why does Miranda Richardson have the name Jude? Why does Stephen Rea have the name Fergus?
Why does Fergus begin to change his mind about Jody?
How does Jordan play with diegetic and extra-diegetic music?
Why does he choose the music that he does - especially "Stand By Your Man" and "When a Man Loves a Woman"?
How much of the latter half of the film is foreshadowed by the first half?
Is this film about politics? racial politics?
Is this film politically correct?
Who loves whom in this film?
Originally Jordan meant for either Fergus or Dil to die at the end. Why is the actual ending more or less effective than the planned one?
If you have seen this film before, does it work on a second viewing? Are the suspense and plot twists replaced by different pleasures?
How does Jordan view anatomy? Does he feel that it determines feelings? Tastes? Desires? Does he feel it is crucial to understanding a human being? Is it integral or peripheral?