Superman III - Lorelai’s Necklace
I saw Superman III in the theater as a wee kid. But even then I remember thinking “hey, did Superman just make it with that lady? That’s weird.”
You may recall this scene. It’s after Superman meets Lorelei on the Statue of Liberty and she wants him to take out an oil barge, and when he comes back, he’s supposed to, uh, get rewarded for his efforts.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie, but it’s well over a dozen*. But somehow I never noticed the completely hideous/ heavy handed symbolism hanging around Lorelei’s neck.
Yes, that’s a serpent and an apple.
It’s a pretty hideous bit of street-fair jewelry that not even the most tiresome of your friends should be caught owning/ wearing. And it’s a bit of a wink and a nod on director Richard Lester’s part that - ha ha! Superman is going to enjoy himself some forbidden fruit and partake in forbidden knowledge and women are evil or something.
I dunno. Lorelei is the one bit of the movie that even tries to work on more than one level. I’d like to believe there’s some agency at work here on Lorelei’s part, but… Superman III.
Mostly, I can’t believe I’d never noticed it before. That necklace is @#$%ing ugly and big as a billboard.
*let us not do the math on how many times I’ve seen Supermans 1 & 2