Studio Six: Marriage Story

Studio Six: Marriage Story

Gene Riddle

A second set of notes was prepared by Gene Riddle, a second studio participant. He agreed to share these notes:

-One theme of this movie: People can consciously or intuitively play roles, but often, roles come to play them

-Marriage as hopeful/desperate self-search in the other

-People (The main two plus all the adjunctive characters) squeezed into roles dictated by supposedly impersonal external circumstances of law and social norms

-Live and function   in a society that boasts (or pretends) that is one of “laws, not men”  (Justice image with blindfold that cuts two ways.)

-Ideas of good social structure and or justice have to be codified in an instrumentalist society and so in practice become rigidified concoctions (Bill’s (1)

-Poignant, esp b/c two leads are actors having to play roles w/o rehearsal or direction; much of the film they are desperately if inchoately looking for someone to direct them explicitly of implicitly.  Nicole even puts on makeup as the audition for Nora unfolds.

-Nicole can seem overly enmeshed in the cause of love and devotion with Henry (likely by reaction formation to her intrusive domineering mother)

-“Charlie” seems a good name for him when he was in Indiana, but not in NY/performing world. Perhaps one way to indicate that he retains that legacy, but this seems not otherwise developed.

-Him as hyper New Yorker; leaving there would deprive him of his identity refuge

-Meaning of his seemingly unintentional self-cutting and passing out/possibly dying not developed (in my grasp of it anyway).

-Opening monologues clever to give them a kind of somewhat idealized baseline, but used sappily later.

-Some implied role reversals;

-Some seemed like envy;

-Most seemed like a catalogue of missing parts of themselves they sought from the other

-Each competitive, loss is a deflating narcissistic injury

-Sense of aliveness (after death) when N met C.

-Strikes me as a poor tactic by the divorce mediator for so early in that process

-Henry: Pregnancy seems unintentional

-N’s sense of existential abandonment as soon as Henry born

-Henry’s purgatory of truly loved and narcissistic paw. [keep typo)

-Monopoly games signifies wanting to monopolize the other

-They each seem to have many warm acquaintances but no friends

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William BergquistWilliam Bergquist, Ph.D. An international coach and consultant in the fields of psychology, management and public administration, author of more than 50 books, and president of a psychology institute. Dr. Bergquist consults on and writes about personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. His published work ranges from the personal transitions of men and women in their 50s and the struggles of men and women in recovering from strokes to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In recent years, Bergquist has focused on the processes of organizational coaching. He is coauthor with Agnes Mura of coachbook, co-founder of the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and co-founder of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations.

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