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Clutter in The Graduate, China Is Near, The Fox, Psycho and Strangers On a Train

The movie scene: crawling with speciousness; one type of clutter examining, reporting, publicizing another. The dictionary defines clutter as a confused mass, untidy collection, crowd (a place) with a disorderly mass of things, litter. Just to go near the art theater district on 3rd Avenue is to be jostled by the definition, a cattle drive that includes the little pink plexiglass sign with $2.50 printed into it (if you’re lucky; sometimes it’s $3), and a character, tenacious as Epoxy resin, guarding the sanctuary with red velvet hose and an unswervable litany: “There will be no further seating for the present showing. Buy your tickets now, seating will begin at 7:50 for the 8 p.m. show.” A customer comes out of The Graduate saying, “Finally, I’ve seen it,” and you realize an hysteria has been built up by a thousand-headed ghoul named Advance Press.

This involves a jangle of affirmations

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