The Major “going in” and breaking through the glass window is a well-done moment. It’s a small environment for a quick action scene, but it’s tightly constructed and stylish (although it feels restrained by the PG-13 rating). The high-angle shot of the Major is the standout moment, followed by Sanders quickly cutting to show the next goon in her way. There’s a crystal clear sense of geography. With Sanders working alongside cinematographer Jess Hall (Hot Fuzz) and production designer Jan Roelfs ( Gattaca ), Ghost in the Shell probably has plenty of eye-candy to offer. Hopefully, it has more going for it than a good sense of style. We’ll see soon enough if there is some actual life and personality to the world they’ve constructed.
All this does not mean that Italian fascism was tolerant. Gramsci was put in prison until his death; the opposition leaders Giacomo Matteotti and the brothers Rosselli were assassinated; the free press was abolished, the labor unions were dismantled, and political dissenters were confined on remote islands. Legislative power became a mere fiction and the executive power (which controlled the judiciary as well as the mass media) directly issued new laws, among them laws calling for preservation of the race (the formal Italian gesture of support for what became the Holocaust).
5. Suicide is an important theme in Hamlet. Discuss how the play treats the idea of suicide morally, religiously, and aesthetically, with particular attention to Hamlet’s two important statements about suicide: the “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt” soliloquy (–158) and the “To be, or not to be” soliloquy (–88). Why does Hamlet believe that, although capable of suicide, most human beings choose to live, despite the cruelty, pain, and injustice of the world?