An interpretation of the film in which the roles represent the relation between the actors (persons including the audience) and the characters (the narrative elements):
Virginia Slim as the Director
Daddy/Daughter as the Cinematographer
Happy as the Artist
Demons as the Aesthetes
Virginia Slim’s repressed lesbianism as the Filmmaker/Director’s artistic cynicism
Other assets of the film documented from post-screening discussion:
The flat motive-driven characters were not limited to their depth or authenticity, so they could become representatives of action without introspection. Such a film ought to present only different aspects of the same totality, insofar as true conflict is intra-directional –’an obstacle represents at least two forces pitted against each other but they are no less coordinated’. The symbolic characters existed as functions without being flippant or overemotional.