Puttin’ On the Ritz
Marlow, in his hospital bed, is once again having a weird fantasy about Nicola and her “paramour” Mark Finney. This time Marlow (meta)physically is a witness to the scene. He sneaks up the stairs and spies a very nifty stereo system blaring “Puttin’ on the Ritz” as Nicola and Mark, in lingerie and a robe respectively, dance while sharing a cigarette (probably not a tobacco one).
RF: I couldn’t help noticing that Marlow set this particular scene after any sexual activity had already taken place. I still think he couldn’t quite bear to imagine it, even though that didn’t stop him from envisioning similar scenes with Sonja/Mrs. Marlow/Nicola and Mark and Raymond Binney. Also, Finney appears to have rather old-fashioned taste in music for such a modern, up-to-date guy – or is he just being fashionably retro?
Admin: That’s right, Finney would listen to Duran Duran or the like. But, since we can safely guess that Marlow doesn’t know Duran Duran from The Bay City Rollers we have to make do with Irving Berlin.
Admin: Finney’s carpet illustrates the monochromatic color theme that RFodchuk noticed. Even his shimmery robe is gray and black. He looks fantastic in it, by the way. The dance, though, manages to be a wee bit creepy and sexy at the same time. It is a weird combination, but it really works for these two. I do like them. They are so entertainingly wicked that what happens next is a bit crushing. Stupid Marlow. :-/
RF: You’re right, it’s an oddly creepy dance. Maybe it’s the incongruity of their attire versus the uninhibited dance they’re doing (must be some cigarette ), or the fact they’re so nastily gleeful at having put one over on Marlow, or a combination thereof. But yes, Finney’s love of monochromatic “nice things” does seem to extend to his bedroom apparel. Once again, Nicola’s necklace provides an accent of red and the only colour in the room (okay, besides the drinks), although there’s even less red than there was before. This is also the first time we see Marlow physically present (sort of) in order to “watch” the scene he’s creating in his head.
Admin: It is their OTT approach to evil that I like best. I guess it stems from Marlow being a pulp writer which is a genre that often has villains openly discussing their plans. They really are great together until it goes all wrong.
RF: Tsk tsk, all because of different priorities!