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Title:Her Cold Metal Hands
Recipient:[personal profile] genusshrike
Vidder: [personal profile] seekingferret
Music: "Che Gelida Manina" by Puccini, performed by East Village Opera Company
Summary: John/Cameron as Rodolfo/Mimi. Is it possible to objectify an object?

There are versions without subtitles, with English subtitles, and with Italian subtitles. If you're new to La Boheme, I'd recommend starting with the English subtitles. Unfortunately, vimeo doesn't support accessible subtitles so I had to hardcode them into the video, but I can also make the .srt files available.

Her Cold Metal Hands- English Subtitles from ronarfelq on Vimeo.

Her Cold Metal Hands from ronarfelq on Vimeo.

Her Cold Metal Hands- Italian Subtitles from ronarfelq on Vimeo.

password: tscc

Thanks to [personal profile] sabaceanbabe for beta help.

I made a John/Cameron "Che Gelida Manina" fanvid for [personal profile] genusshrike for the [community profile] tightpresent TSCC vid exchange. Because I am a pretty ridiculous person, I love opera, and John is a total tool.

Now, I am not Puccini's biggest fan, but I'm not the kind of person who ever shuts out an artist simply because of who they are. I've always liked "Che Gelida Manina", because I think it is a great melody and I think it is, unlike a lot of Puccini's great melodies, fantastic at telling us about Rodolfo's character. Admittedly that's because Rodolfo is incredibly shallow, all flash and no substance, just like Puccini. "Che Gelida" is a great synergistic agreement between Puccini's native inclinations and the character's desires.

John Connor is not as shallow as Rodolfo. But he is still a teenager, and his hormones drive a lot of his thinking. He angsts, struts, lusts, whines, charms, does all the things Rodolfo does. Also, he is in love with a machine.

Mimi is not a machine. But in "Che Gelida" she might as well be. When Rodolfo mentions her at all, it is in objectification. Her eyes are thieves that have stolen his most priceless jewels from the locked box that is his heart. Mimi is the audience for this song, but we get the sense that Rodolfo could just as well have sung this song to a mirror. That he has maybe practiced it in front of a mirror. And part of me wondered, as I made this vid, if it was possible to objectify a machine. If maybe the fact that John was singing this song to Cameron redeemed its 19th century sexism. But not really. I wasn't particularly invested in trying to redeem it. Its loathsomeness is useful in pointing out what's wrong with John/Cameron.

But this is a shipping vid, make no mistake about that. For all that I deliberately used a song that emphasizes a kind of love I do not believe in, there is something in the John/Cameron relationship that I think is terrific. He humanizes her, fixes her, inspires her. She teaches him, protects him, watches him. This vid emerged from the perfectness of the opening line match, "What cold hands, let me warm them", Rodolfo sings, but his fatuous attempt at being her manly protector is echoed in my vid by John working to fix Cameron's glitchy hands, symbolizing the core of the bond between them. What brings them together is that they need each other. They can fix each other.

When Cameron uses her beautiful eyes as thieves, she is actually using them as more than tools of amorous pursuit- the glowing eyes serve as identification to Terissa Dyson that she is a machine. When John uses his love songs and rhymes, they are the guns he uses to wage war against Skynet. This was a constant goal for me, to balance the John being a tool stuff with the lines where Rodolfo being a tool is matched by John being John Fucking Connor, to balance the irony with the sincerity, in both directions. And another goal was to represent Cameron in her glory: Graceful, beautiful, calculating, sexy... and an emotionless machine. It's okay for people to fall in love with their tools, right?

In any case, I am very proud of how this vid came out and I am grateful to the beta assistance of [personal profile] sabaceanbabe for helping to make it happen. I hope you enjoy.

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Date: 2013-05-22 04:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sanguinity
Now that I have finally stopped laughing at this vid (mostly stopped laughing! I still snigger at Cameron not giving a fuck at the overwroughtness of his dreams melting away), the tenderness absolutely does come through. There are a lot of lovely little moments between them.

It is absolutely okay to fall in love with your tools. Especially when your tool reciprocates your love to the point of giving you a destruct button. [1] (There is no love like having the mutual ability to destroy each other, but choosing to be gentle instead!)

[1] Why are there THREE buttons in that thing? Why, why, why?

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Date: 2013-05-24 05:18 pm (UTC)
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sanguinity
That is so obviously correct that I now wonder why I asked.


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