Ferris’s Wheel

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Has anyone beside me noticed a rash of Ferris wheels in movies lately? Atonement, for example?


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Some of what I’ve noticed I don’t doubt is coincidence. I loved the Wonder Wheel at Cony Island as a kid. Ferris and his wheel was a significant part of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, 2003. But suddenly, just in the last few days I’m stumbling over Ferris wheels no matter where I turn: Joe Wright puts a Ferris wheel in his Dunkirk in Atonement, shown above: good, a great scene from any standpoint. But then a Ferris Wheel appeared on the Thames in 2000s Dr. Who episode?! Then today I encountered a Ferris Wheel in Bettany Hughes’s marvelous documentary on Alexandria!? And explain this: a Ferris Wheel (or a highly stylized “sun” on the horizon) shows up in a documentary on Monarchy, eleventh century politics (the words “standoff” and “Glouster” are on the screen).
2014 03 13 Another Dr. Who episode!
The 14th: Another episode of Monarchy: Edward III, a Ferris wheel on the Thames.

2014 02 27 I’m noticing another cluster of movie duplications: I’d already commented on The Way Back showing a starving girl following a group of near-starving men escaping from a Soviet gulak, all of them freezing; Korkoro shows a group of bare-subsistence gypsies fleeing Nazis in southern France and being themselves shadowed by a starving blue-eyed boy. 2010, 2009. Everybody copies everybody.

Awrite, 2014 03 17 Now I see a major Ferris wheel in the soon to be released Divergent. I’ve hit on something real.
2014 07 29 Now I notice a poster for a movie called Sharknado: sure enough, sea spouts are drenching sharks onto a Ferris wheel!

2014 09 13 I just spotted a lithograph from 1857 that depicts a wooden fair wheel ride. Ferris made one of steel but he was engineering something already familiar from the wood ages.

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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