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  • What a character chooses to drink says a lot about them

  • A martini, shaken not stirred.

  • if they get a shot of whiskey, they're cool.

  • If they order a fine chardonnay,

  • they're probably trying to go for class.

  • But there's one drink in cinema that requires a bit of explanation

  • I see you're drinking one percent, is that cause you think you're fat?

  • Probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of milk is youth and innocence.

  • When a sixteen year old, uses his charm and grace to mimic being a pilot

  • We're reminded of his age by his drink choice.

  • Would you like a drink after take-off?

  • Milk?

  • In "A Clockwork Orange", the adolescents drink milk

  • a gentle reminder that all this mayhem is being caused by kids.

  • James Dean famously nurses a bottle of milk in such a way

  • that we get a visual cue of his conflict between maturity in adulthood.

  • Of course if you don't drink milk then you're manly.

  • how tough am I?

  • how tough am I?!

  • I had a bowl of nails for breakfast this morning

  • He, yeah. So?

  • without any milk.

  • Ah.. right this way. Sorry, to keep you waiting.

  • If you want to go for a deep reading

  • you could say that Kevin spilling milk in home

  • alone is a symbol of his lack of

  • \maternal nourishment or you could say

  • John Hughes just wanted the visual joke

  • of everybody crying over spilled milk.

  • But this only scratches the surface many

  • adults also drink milk and that's where

  • it gets more complicated.

  • Milk is a symbol of childishness so it's humorous

  • to see "Leon the professional"

  • a hyper-masculine assassin drinking it throughout the movie.

  • It fits into the

  • comedic moments of the movie, but it also

  • sheds light on his maternal side as he...

  • takes Matilda under his wing

  • in this instance drinking milk is a joke but

  • many times drinking milk has the

  • opposite intent, it's creepy.

  • There's something off about a grown man

  • drinking milk and filmmaker seem to be

  • well aware of this intuition

  • In "Hitchcock's suspicion" the audience

  • suspect that the milk maybe poisoned,

  • it's an eerie choice to have milk, a drink we

  • associate with innocence and purity be

  • the drink that may be poisoned.

  • I don't think it would have had nearly the same

  • effect if it were a cup of coffee or

  • a shot of whiskey

  • there's something delightful about

  • making milk threatening we see this

  • again "Inglorious Basterds" Colonel Hans

  • Landa chugs a glass of milk from Lapid's

  • farm and it has the creepy factor

  • but there's more to it than that

  • I quote the social theorist rolling bars

  • and his take on milk.

  • Monsieur, a votre ami, et a vos vache

  • Je dit, bravo.

  • So, when a villain grabs a glass of milk

  • it's creepy but it also shows their

  • power their conquering the pure and

  • innocent by consuming it and there's

  • a strength to that.

  • When I saw "Mad Max Fury Road"

  • in theaters the only time people

  • audibly cringed in the crowd

  • wasn't during an action sequence

  • it was when this happened.

  • Western culture has an aversion to

  • breast milk seeing it as taboo to drink

  • as an adult.

  • Taste a little smell funky..

  • That's because, that's some Deby's left breast, Greg.

  • The choice to harvest breast milk in the

  • movie further alienate the

  • post-apocalyptic world from our own in

  • "Short mad max fury road" is a movie about

  • fluids women are exploited for their...

  • breast milk men are exploited for their blood

  • and the populace is exploited by

  • controlling the water supply the

  • complete control of these liquids by

  • an Immortal Joe shows his dominion over

  • his world and the milk is no exception

  • in fact his sons drink the mouth to keep

  • up their muscle mass reinforcing the

  • idea that consuming milk is a sign of

  • strength.

  • What's so great about using these

  • liquids in the film is that it allows

  • Mad Max to introduce plot points and

  • ...character arcs non-verbally after Mad...

  • Max performs his first selfless act for

  • Furiosa he washes himself with milk.

  • Symbolizing the start of his

  • transformation from a selfish man only

  • looking for survival, to one who cares

  • and nurtures for others return to

  • completely trusting Furiosa is

  • symbolized by him giving her his blood

  • another liquid symbol "Mad Max: Fury Road"

  • is a prime example of milk enhancing the

  • visual storytelling of a movie.

  • Milk is a powerful storytelling device it can show

  • someone as a child but it can also be

  • used to unsettle show character

  • strengths or give information about the plot.

  • So the next time you see a

  • character drinking something ask yourself

  • Got milk?

  • Thanks for watching.

  • Here it is, a groove, slightly trans..-form, just a bit of a break

  • ...from the norm, just a little something to break the

  • monotony of all that hard.

What a character chooses to drink says a lot about them

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Milk in Movies: Why Do Characters Drink It?

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