Barthes’ old memorandum, that a gun revealed in a drawer must always be fired, did not <hold of> the Universal cycle:

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ebrahim

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Persian
Hi,

Does 'hold of' mean 'to be true in the case of'? Is the writer saying that Barthes' rule doesn't apply to the Universal cycle (films)?

"Barthes’ old memorandum, that a gun revealed in a drawer
must always be fired, did not
hold of the Universal cycle: a previously unopened drawer could always be opened at random to reveal a gun at the crucial moment."

Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies, chapter two: The Supernatural in Neo-baroque Hollywood, by Sean Cubitt
 
  • Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    Interesting; I've never heard of Barthes or his alleged memorandum adage. The principle is usually called Chekhov's Gun, after the playwright Anton Chekhov, who said, "Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there."
     

    ebrahim

    Senior Member
    Persian
    Interesting; I've never heard of Barthes or his alleged memorandum adage. The principle is usually called Chekhov's Gun, after the playwright Anton Chekhov, who said, "Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there."
    Maybe Barthes got the idea from him and retold it in different form.
     
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