Utena - cinematography gag

Nanami as a pretzel

I enjoyed the cinematography joke in episode 31.

Nanami is on her bed, looking up at the dark light fixture on the ceiling. The ceiling slowly spins as the camera rotates and pulls back... Nanami’s face spins... the mood is eerie... the ceiling spins... Nanami’s eye spins.... Touga arrives and the scene cuts to show what was really happening: Nanami has twisted herself into a pretzel. Filmic language expectations successfully violated!

Of course it means that Nanami has mentally twisted herself into a pretzel.

It ties in with the movie camera that appears later in the episode.

Jay Scott <jay@satirist.org>
first posted 29 November 2021