Dating fable 2
"Belling the Cat" is a fable also known under the titles "The Bell and the Cat" and "The Mice in Council".
Although often attributed to Aesop, it was not recorded before the Middle Ages and has been confused with the quite different fable of Classical origin titled The Cat and the Mice.
Or a spellbinding story with characters you care for and about, even if they’re appalling people?
These characters are tantalizingly intriguing, which makes it all the more exasperating that director Paul Thomas Anderson is so stingy about plot and character exploration.
Anderson prefers to drop hints at what’s going on, relying on three astounding actors to convey entire soliloquies with the skillful arch of a brow and a stinging glance. Anderson would shoot 45 takes of a scene, polishing it to blinding perfection.It provides a moral lesson about the fundamental difference between ideas and their feasibility, and how this affects the value of a given plan.The story gives rise to the idiom to bell the cat, which means to attempt, or agree to perform, an impossibly difficult task.If this were a normal movie, this would be a spoiler, but courtship by poisoning is no big deal and has scant consequence.It’s just another odd thing people take in stride in the House of Woodcock.