History Film / TheTrumanShow

19th Sep '17 1:30:42 PM DrSleep
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* SymbolicBaptism: Water plays a huge role in the film, marking Truman's conflicting fear of and desire for freedom. It's only by passing through the ocean and storm that he ultimately escapes the show.
12th Sep '17 7:37:11 PM PaulA
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* DoorClosesEnding: A variation. [[spoiler:The in-universe show ends with a shot of Truman walking up a staircase and through the door that leads off the set and into reality. This isn't the last shot of the film, as it's followed by scenes of other characters reacting to the end of the show -- but it is the last the real audience, as well as the in-universe audience, sees of Truman. Once he goes through the door, Truman gets to live the rest of his life without anyone watching.]]
29th Aug '17 2:02:20 PM nighttrainfm
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* RousseauWasRight: Despite all the manipulations in his life, Truman remained curious and longing for adventure. [[spoiler: He even overcomes his fear of water, sails to the edge of the studio, and walks out the door]]. "You never had a camera in my head," indeed.

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* RousseauWasRight: Despite all the manipulations in his life, Truman remained curious and longing for adventure. [[spoiler: He even overcomes his fear of water, sails to the edge of the studio, and walks out the door]]. door.]] "You never had a camera in my head," indeed.



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* SleepingDummy: How Truman's escape begins. He starts sleeping in the basement, and - having gotten some idea of where the cameras are - slips out, leaving an inflatable snowman under a blanket with a recording of himself fake-snoring.
27th Aug '17 3:22:17 PM nighttrainfm
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** Another case is Truman himself during the last iteration of his daily routine [[spoiler: before his escape]]. He's pretty clearly going through the motions so as to not tip anyone off that he's [[spoiler: about to make a break for it]].

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** Another case is Truman himself during the last iteration of his daily routine [[spoiler: before his escape]]. escape.]] He's pretty clearly going through the motions so as to not tip anyone off that he's [[spoiler: about to make a break for it]].it.]]



* MeetCute: Invoked. They seemed to be trying for it a second time, after [[spoiler:the actress playing his wife has enough and leaves the show]].

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* MeetCute: Invoked. They seemed to be trying for it a second time, after [[spoiler:the actress playing his wife has enough and leaves the show]].show.]]
20th Aug '17 10:29:32 AM Odacon_Spy
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* BlatantLies: When Christof informs Sylvia that Truman could leave his reality if he really wanted to. Eventually he does, but the number of obstacales placed in his way show that it's not something Christof wants to 'let' happen.

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* BlatantLies: When Christof informs Sylvia that Truman could leave his reality if he really wanted to. Eventually he does, but the number of obstacales obstacles placed in his way show that it's not something Christof wants to 'let' happen.
31st Jul '17 5:45:38 AM CHLORINEGARGOYLE
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* AntiVillain: Christof. Indeed, if you look at Christof's actions, primarily in the final scene, you see that he shows a deep caring for Truman and the message he gives to the world, which would portray him more as a WellIntentionedExtremist. [[spoiler:The characterization, however, is ruined when you remember that about a scene earlier, Christof was trying to capsize Truman's boat, knowing that it could easily kill him.]]

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* AntiVillain: Christof. Indeed, if you look at Christof's actions, primarily in the final scene, you see He cares deeply for Truman, seeing him as shielded from everyday life's drudgery, malcontent, struggles, and plain ol' shit happening, and feels that he shows a deep caring for Truman and the sends a message he gives to the world, which would portray him more as a WellIntentionedExtremist. [[spoiler:The characterization, however, is ruined when you remember rest of the world - that about a scene earlier, Christof was trying to capsize Truman's boat, knowing that it could easily kill him.]]they're not alone in their struggle with life.


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* YouAreNotAlone: In-universe, part of Christoff's motivation for the entire Truman project: giving people a chance to see someone like them struggling and making it through life like they are. It's also part of the reason why the show is ''massively'' popular. [[spoiler:During the ending, Christoff begs Truman to go back to the project for this reason.]]
22nd Jul '17 10:57:38 AM Lancelot07
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* BigDamnReunion: The director deliberately invokes this "in-universe" by having Truman reunite with his long lost father, in order to make Truman stay and also give the show's ratings a boost. [[spoiler:Turns out it had the opposite effect as Truman makes his escape the next day, having apparently found the reunion too contrived to be real.]]

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* BigDamnReunion: The director deliberately invokes this "in-universe" by having Truman reunite with his long lost father, in order to make Truman stay and also give the show's ratings a boost. [[spoiler:Turns out it had the opposite effect as Truman makes his escape the next day, having apparently having found the reunion too contrived to be real.]]
10th Jul '17 8:15:36 PM JMQwilleran
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** Though ''Series/TheJoeSchmoShow'' proved that someone can be made into this sort of dancing monkey of this sort for a limited time at least if they're wiling to sign away certain rights to be on television for a big payout later.
10th Jul '17 8:10:15 PM JMQwilleran
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** His father shows up on the set dressed as a homeless man and is grabbed and shuttled away into a bus. Everyone dismisses it, but then the crisis is "solved" by writing his father back into the show and explained as "amnesia." Considering Truman makes his big break not long afterwards, it's very likely he didn't buy it.
9th Jul '17 7:11:07 PM JMQwilleran
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* MixedMetaphor: Truman locks the car with Meryl in it and says they should go to Fiji right now. "Let's go right now. Early bird gathers no moss. Rolling stone catches the worm, right?"
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