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Stunt Man vs Iphigenia in Tauris The similarities of the two stories are apparent at times and very subtle at others Each has its own plot and purpose Euripidess play was a comedy concluding the story of Orestes and the family of Agamemnon It was a story of family and reunion as well as purification The movie Stunt Man is a story about a young Vietnam veterans return to normal life and his adjustment to civilian life again It is a story of conflict between fantasy and reality In the Stunt Man many of the characters mirror or parallel characters from the play The director Eli is similar to an Apollo character He sends Cameron on different and more dangerous stunts throughout the course of the film He calls all the shots on the set and is feared and respected by all the cast and crew He portrays himself as a God claiming to have the ability to take and give life Threatening to kill anyone who interfered with his movie or disobeyed him Cameron the young Vietnam vet is the Orestes of the movie He is given tasks to perform the stunts by Eli and who is hounded and followed by the Police the Furies at every turn When he falls into the whorehouse during the first stunt that symbolizes Orestes in the temple where the priestesses live They are both homes of all women although the ones in the movie are far from chaste Even in the movie the gods save those who save themselves In the end when he crashes the car off the bridge and everything seems to be going wrong Cameron finds a way to save himself and in doing so saves himself from the Police his Furies He finds his Iphigenia in Nina the beautiful actress who he falls for in the film They have a rendering scene of recognition when he attempts to rescue her from the sea
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