could someone please explain a few things in "tommy"

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Christ Reynolds, Sep 29, 2002.

  1. Christ Reynolds

    Christ Reynolds Producer

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    3,597
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    CJ
    i get the basic idea, but i'm a bit lost on a few things. first of all, how exactly does he "cure" himself? and is it really set in a holiday camp? there are a couple other things i dont get, but i cant recall them now. anyway, i think this album is purely brilliant, i wish i doscovered this ten years ago. the who rocks.

    CJ
     
  2. Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm

    Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 1999
    Messages:
    901
    Likes Received:
    0
    Here's my interpretation. Doubtless there are others.

    It has been established that Tommy is not entirely blind. His mother sings "You don't answer my call with even a nod or a twitch / But you gaze at your own reflection all right." Frustrated and angry at Tommy, she smashes the mirror. Something about that action breaks the spell, possibly just the shock of seeing his image, the only thing he can perceive with his traumatized sight, destroyed.

    It's interesting that a hippie would right a story in which nurturing and coddling of a child fail but violence succeeds.
     
  3. Ryan Spaight

    Ryan Spaight Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    676
    Likes Received:
    0
    Pete Townshend is many things, but he was never a hippie. Tommy in large part was written out of disgust with the hippie scene.

    You're spot on with the explanation of "Smash The Mirror," though. At least that's how I've always heard it. Tommy isn't physically deaf, dumb and blind -- his senses just sort of "shut down" after seeing his father kill his mother's lover. He "wakes up" after he's no longer able to stare at himself. (Another nice slam at the self-absorbed hippies.)

    The holiday camp (basically a cheesy resort) is a fixture of British vacation culture, and the idea at the end is that Tommy has taken one over to use as a training center for his cult.

    Ryan
     
  4. Christ Reynolds

    Christ Reynolds Producer

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    3,597
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    CJ
     
  5. Marvin

    Marvin Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 1999
    Messages:
    1,480
    Likes Received:
    41
    Real Name:
    Marvin
    I read once that Townshend wrote it about himself symbolically, because he had been deaf, dumb and blind to religion and the "cure" was a spiritual awakening.
     
  6. Ryan Spaight

    Ryan Spaight Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    676
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  7. RaulR

    RaulR Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2002
    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  8. Grant B

    Grant B Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2000
    Messages:
    3,210
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  9. Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm

    Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 1999
    Messages:
    901
    Likes Received:
    0
    Forgive my poor choice of words. I should have said, "It's interesting that a story written in the 60s features a situation in which nurturing and coddling fail but violence succeeds."

    As for the changes in the Broadway version of Tommy, they were made by Townshend to reflect his changed, more mature worldview.
     
  10. Ryan Spaight

    Ryan Spaight Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    676
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  11. RaulR

    RaulR Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2002
    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  12. Ryan Spaight

    Ryan Spaight Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    676
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  13. Christ Reynolds

    Christ Reynolds Producer

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    3,597
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    CJ
     

Share This Page