As with the previous one, same here: not enough time back when I had just seen it, so here are my notes for There Will Be Blood. In a word, this one is rich in identification, or reciprocation, of the enemy other. Familial rivalry and deceit.
Son’s baptism in oil at beginning; Daniel buries Eli in oily mud, slaps him repeatedly; Eli baptizes Daniel with water “in Jesus’ blood,” slaps Daniel repeatedly.
Daniel & son – repetitive shots toward beginning, repeated dialogue – “So.”
H.W. – driven deaf and (at first) mad by oil; Daniel – driven mad eventually by oil.
Daniel – feeds H.W. liquor as baby; mixes liquor with H.W.’s milk after accident
Film begins in silence – 20 min.? – H.W.’s deafness
Daniel’s confession/conversion by Eli; Eli’s confession/recantation by Daniel.
Eli & broth Paul; Daniel & “half-brother”
Eli overcoming his father – “You are weak!”; Daniel overcoming Eli at end – “you are weak,” “beaten by Paul”; Daniel’s vindication of “brother’s” deceit by overcoming Eli, who is “wekaer than Paul”; Daniel & Eli – black through most of film – one in oil, one in church garb