Who Am I This Time?

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The film Who Am I This Time? starring Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon revolves around a character named Harry Nash, who is an extremely shy and introverted man. However, when he plays a role in one of the local theater productions, he seemingly becomes the character to an intense extent. Helene Shaw, just having moved into town quite recently, falls in love. She does not fall for Nash, but his character in the play. After Helene mistakes Harry’s shyness for partial avoidance, she then discovers their relationship can grow by using plays to express emotions towards each other, such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Romeo and Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest. These plays are a symbol of their growing relationship.

The first play Harry and Helene perform in together is A Streetcar Named Desire. She quickly falls in love with Harry’s persona while she tried out for the part of Stella. As he read the script, she stared at him in awe. Helene found herself to be attracted to Harry’s dominant personality. When it came to performing the play for an audience, she noticeably is stunned by Nash’s fake persona. This play shows her feelings for him growing. Helene even says with her friend that “He is the most marvelous man I have ever met”. Her relationship with him continues to grow, but doesn’t remain one-sided for very long. The first time Harry speaks his feelings about Helene, she brings him a copy of the Romeo and Juliet script as a gift. They read through one of the love scenes, and his growing love for her is then obvious. He remarks, “I take thee at thy word, call me but love... and I'll be new baptized. Henceforth...” She discovers that it is more manageable to communicate through plays, instead of casually trying to talk to Harry. Once again, a play demonstrates their growing love for each other. This play is the climax of the film, leading to the final play involved. As Who Am I This Time? comes to an end, Harry begins to narrate a scene from The...
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