Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The News of Waterbury, VT

Remember Bulle Ogier who played the staring role in the La Salamandre (1971). Alain Tanner directed the John Berger script about a character who has been accused of shooting her uncle and who works in a sausage factory. The sausage factory itself has become a popular metaphor. You’ll never eat the sausage if you go to the factory where it was made. In other words,  “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” You might remember back to the film and the two characters in the narrative, the journalist and the poet who're commissioned to write a screenplay about the mysterious woman at the center of the action the next time you visit the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, Vermont.  Considering it’s ubiquity Ben and Jerry’s is less an ice cream than a utility and so visiting the factory is one way to get a bird’s eye view of the way many Americans live, at least in terms of how their consumption of ice cream is concerned. Even in the middle of winter the place is packed. In the popular movie, which won an Academy Award, the idea was to determine whether or not a crime had been committed. By visiting Ben and Jerry’s you may get some insight into the origin of your sweet tooth.

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