Scream from Try Seventeen/All I Want
Seeing this scene on the DVD (as opposed to the VCD) has made me rewrite this piece, because the emotions are so much more evident. Great EJW scene because there's no dialogue and no other characters to tell us anything. Everything we pick up is straight from Elijah's face and body language. Other viewers may read it differently, but this is what I "pick up" from it:
The one thing I realized immediately upon seeing the clearer pictures was that Jones isn't so much "in pain" as he is mad. Among all of Elijah's characters (so far), Jones is unique in his smoldering anger, and in this scene it finally flares up. That makes his yelling out the window more logical--letting out anger isn't nearly as fulfilling if you can't throw it into the world somehow. (And in order to have a flame, something that's smoldering needs to be given air.)
It's wordless, pure emotion, built up over a lifetime ("try seventeen" years of that). Even his apparently playful attempts to pry information from his mother--which seem to be an old ritual between the two by the time we meet them--contain veiled anger. It's brought to a head by reading this one letter that tells him his anger all these years has been focused in the wrong direction.
8. (Some nicely understated nostril acting going on here.)
Interesting that all the times Jones is able to be openly angry (the fight with Steve being, I think, a lot more important than his "fantasy fulfillments"), come after this scene. Jane's line about her initial photo of Jones showing someone who's feeling pain for the first time applies (IMHO) more to the entire movie than it does to "just" Jones getting pepper spray in his eyes. By the end of the film, Jones has felt a lot of things for the first time, because he's allowed himself to feel them.
In this scene, he finally allows himself to acknowledge the anger that's always been there--and does so (courageously, in my opinion) at the moment he least understands it. It strikes me as a chosen action rather than uncontrollable rage. Up until about pic 11 or 12, I think Jones could have easily crumpled up the letter, stuffed his anger, and walked away. But, for whatever reason, by pic 13, he's made the decision not to do that--for possibly the first time in his life.