And then there is always something happening in the background to ‘the Prisoner’, take Cobb’s funeral in ‘Arrival’ for example; the cortege makes its way through The Village and along the beach to the cemetery. Number 9 who followed the cortege at a discreet distance now stands watching from the top of the cliffs.
Number 6 is also present “Friend of yours, you knew him?”
Number 9 “No.”
“Funerals make me emotional.”
“Even of those people you don’t know?”
“I knew Cobb, I’d like to help.”
“He was a friend of mine, we met some time ago” Number 6 tells her
“How do I know I can trust you?” Number 9 asks.
“Can I trust you?”
“You know how he died?”
“He jumped from a window….. sorry. Had you known him long?”
“No, just a short while.”
“Where did you meet, here?”
“Cobb was a good man.”
“Get back quickly” Number 9 tells him as a bell in the nearby lighthouse tolls.
“When can we talk again?” Number 6 asks desperately.
“We’d better not” she tells him.
“ at the concert!” Number 9 tells him.
Now all through this interview the funeral has been taking place on the beach just below the cliff and the coffin is actually placed into the open grave which is then back filled by two grave diggers!
What makes this so remarkable is that I myself had not noticed this background sequence in all the times I have viewed ‘Arrival’, which could mean that there are others who having viewed ‘Arrival’ had not observed the actual burial of the coffin during this scene in the cemetery down on the beach. And thinking in back to 1967 who would have noticed that the first time?
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