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Old 03-05-2016, 04:29 AM   #1
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Fedora Musings

Anyone ever wondered about "Garth"/Fedora? Probably the most important person Indy ever crossed paths with in his entire life. What do we know of him? Nothing. Yet he was the prototype for Indy. The man Indy would become. A more grizzly, perhaps less cultured version; A guy who perhaps was an alcoholic, who literally had more scars than Indy. A guy who was going on adventures in a much more primitive and much more interesting time than Indy is. Can you imagine cheap, pulpy tales about him set in the Edwardian era? I certainly can.

One wonders - the guys with him, were they his really gang? Or just local hired guys?

Did he ever uncover anything supernatural like Indy?

Did his encounter with Indy mark his own last adventure?

Did they ever cross paths again?



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Old 03-05-2016, 06:45 AM   #2
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There are those enigmatic characters in a story that help set the tone and mystery. Fedora is very much a precedent and influence on Indy. Abney must have been too and he is even more enigmatic than Fedora.

Do we want to hear the story behind them, unravel the mystery and hear their tales? Will this lead on to the next layer of characters and influence and we thus have a genealogy of unravelling mysteries...?

Or do we keep the mystery of those formative but less central characters where we found them and give ourselves the indulgence of making up their stories for ourselves?

I don't know the right answer. I love their mystery and want to hear their story, or do I really? Do we reduce everyone to a set of influences in an ever spreading web of relationships? All I know is that these characters became real enough for us to wonder about their lives up until the story we saw on that big screen.
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Old 03-07-2016, 03:21 PM   #3
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Better, I think, to enjoy the mystery than be disappointed by a mundane explanation.... ( Midichlorians anyone?)
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:22 AM   #4
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Wasn't this character originally going to be Abner Ravenwood? Always liked the idea that he was Indy's role model for the type of archaeologist he would become later in life, as opposed his book bound father.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:00 PM   #5
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Does anyone know where to get a jacket like Fedora's?
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Old 03-27-2016, 12:50 PM   #6
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Better, I think, to enjoy the mystery than be disappointed by a mundane explanation.... ( Midichlorians anyone?)

Agreed.

Actually at the time this film came out I thought this whole opening sequence spoiled the mystery of Indy himself.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:19 AM   #7
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The opening sequence is definitely a bit problematic in that sense. The performance of River Phoenix and the zest of Spielberg's direction rescue it, but the whole business of Indiana Jones obtaining all of his trademarks during a single afternoon is a bit of a groaner under any amount of scrutiny.
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