Blood on their hands

Publié le par Amandine & Amélie

Blood on their hands

This text in a an extract of the news paper "The Toronto star", and was written in 2002 by the famous American producer Joe Eszterhas. In fact the author was the film director of many sleazy movies like "Basic Instinct". In this extract, the narrator shows us how cigarette had a particular place in his films, being himself a big smoker. But when he was diagnosed with throat cancer because of smoking he changed his mind becoming a staunch anti-smoking militant. In this article he seems to feel particularly guilty about scenes he wrote with cigarettes and accuses Hollywood of inciting young people to smoke. + énoncer le plan

I - Eszterhas, a big smoker


a) A way to fit in the American society

He started smoking very young (12) to try to integrate the American society. Indeed he was a immigrant kid. So smoking gave him a sort of cool attitude : it conveys the message that smoking is the key to social success, that tobacco use is fun, sophisticated, modern, "adult" behaviour and thus cigarette symbolises independence and maturity. He wouldn't be different from the other young Americans. In fact he imitated one's peers.


b) Throat cancer changed his life

He was a militant smoker. It was a part of his image of bad boy with "smoking, drinking, partying, rock'n'roll". He didn't realize how smoking was bad for the health and he didn't expect to get cancer. Indeed his smoking years have made him sick. Now he is aware of the risks of smoking, that's why he decided to write this article so as to warn young people.



II - Eszterhas and Hollywood have "blood on their hands"

a) Cigarette, the favourite movies prop

Hollywood had both promoted the American dream and cigarettes. Indeed cigarettes were glamorising and particularly in Eszterhas' film were it was a part a sexual seduction. It was the favourite prop, because it was an easy way to occupy the actors' hands and show their state of mind. Now he is urging Hollywood to rethink the way it presents smoking. Eszterhas feels that he and Hollywood have "blood on their hands", he accuses Hollywood of killing people in inciting them to smoke. (l.54) Indeed actors have a big influence on the audience especially young people who want to seem like their idol.


b) The guiltiness

Eszterhas blames himself for being "an accomplice to the murders of untold numbers of human being " (l.24) and begs forgiveness for having many of his characters smoke in films. (l.38) He's haunted by the fact that he may have caused numerous lives to be lost. Now he has acknowledged his responsibility in promoting smoking through his films and is a staunch anti-smoking militant.

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laura 29/06/2011 16:31


Laura 29/06/2011 16:31

Je voudrais savoir si ce commentaire est bon pour un oral?

Alix et Amandine 29/04/2012 10:06

Bonjour, la réponse est bien évidemment trop tardive pour être utile. Néanmoins, j'en profite pour rappeler que les fiches sont des aides à la révision ou à la compréhension du cours. Il n'est
pas très constructif de les copier intégralement pour un oral ou un contrôle...

Le commentaire ne serait "bon pour un oral" qu'après l'avoir enrichi et lui avoir donné une petite touche perso ;-)

A. LAU 11/05/2010 20:46

guilt not guiltines

jonathan 09/05/2009 16:03

Bonjour j'aimerais  entrer en contact avec vous pour savoir si ce commentaire a été corrigé ou pas , enfaite je ss en terminale et je pass bien ma session anglais a l'oral bientot et j'aurais ce texte ds mon descriptif , et ce commentaire m'aide bcpMn adress                     Jonathan

Amandine 14/05/2009 16:05

Ce commentaire a été corrigé, en principe il n'y a pas de fautes d'anglais, sauf erreur de notre part. Mais attention, il s'agit surtout de pistes pour un commentaire. Le plan est une proposition
parmi tant d'autres. Bonne révision.