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Claire's Camera somewhat minimizes the sadsack guy and has a great Isabelle Huppert performance and then On the Beach at Night Alone focuses on the sadsack mistress of the (mostly offscreen) sadsack director character
Thanks! I'll bump those two up, then. I definitely don't want to give up on him!

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Thanks to a push from crumbsroom, I'm officially a Ken Russell fan. First, I watched The Devils, which left me astonished and speechless and hungry for more; then, The Lair of the White Worm, a cheesy mashup of cozy whodunnit and monster horror. And, now, Altered States, which is fun and smart, with a lot more religious iconography than the synopsis would lead you to expect. (I think I might be detecting a pattern, haha.) William Hurt is excellent as a tortured genius willing to sacrifice (almost) everything for science, and the visual depiction of his "trips" is out of this world! But I think what most impressed me is that, despite its preposterous sci-fi plot, there's solid, real life (friendship, love) at its core. So, I've learned that, despite the flashy surfaces, Russell is more than meets the eye. Under the the strobing crucifixes and bloody fangs, there's plenty of intelligence and depth.

Next up, Crimes of Passion. (ETA: Jump right to the post.)


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And though I didn't write about them, the other two really deserve screencaps, too:


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Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:34 am
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oh man Lair of the White Worm is so fun and batshit and Ken Russell really in his element

I need to see Crime of Passion myself

Seems like you've started off with a great span of top tier works of his! I can't wait to see what you think of Mahler, The Boyfriend, and Salome's Last Dance


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oh man Lair of the White Worm is so fun and batshit and Ken Russell really in his element
It is! And that ending. :D

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Haha, I know! At this point, I don't feel the need to be completist with him, so I'm going by recommendations. Although I think I will check out The Boyfriend, just for fun. :)

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Women in Love is terrific, and don't let its lack of hallucinatory splendor fool you.


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Women in Love is terrific, and don't let its lack of hallucinatory splendor fool you.
Haha. I do love hallucinatory splendor! But, noted.

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I need to see more Russell.

Maiden, have you seen All My Good Countrymen? Czech film from '68. It's very good, and very, very Czech.

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Maiden, have you seen All My Good Countrymen? Czech film from '68. It's very good, and very, very Czech.
I haven't. But I'd already bookmarked it from your comment in the other thread. :)

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I need to see Crime of Passion myself
You really do! It's so much fun!!

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You really do! It's so much fun!!

yay! post abt it...


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So, Crimes of Passion.

Imagine a Jeanne Dielman/Dressed to Kill mashup directed by Fassbinder, and you might have some idea what I just saw! Kathleen Turner is phenomenal, the sets are hyper-stylized, the soundtrack turns Dvořák into B-horror dissonance, and Anthony Perkins almost makes you forget that other tormented, cross-dressing character he played. Oh yeah, and it's overstuffed with snappy dialogue about how we all have sexual hangups and the trick is to find someone whose issues don't conflict with your own. It seems I'm only writing about the surreal underworld elements (and it's true all my screenshots are from that part); but the colorless "real world" is well written, too, and important thematically. There’re a lot of ways this movie could have gone wrong, and I guess critics thought it did. But, for me, it all works. It's smart, darkly comic, sexy, ridiculous—and I love it!

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Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:45 pm
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hi please dont transcribe my dream journals and post them as your viewing log, k thnx


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Haha! Ken Russell is the dream-channeler here. I believe it's called "hallucinatory splendor."

Did you watch it?

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Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:27 am
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queuing it up tonight after that review!!


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I'm a Russell n00b but I think Gothic is worth a gander if your trigger finger is itchy for more screencaps.

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Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:25 am
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I watched that one a while back and didn't get much out of it. Too bad, 'cause it kept me from watching more of his stuff. It was pretty, though. :)

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Crimes of Passion

Insane movie. The main dude is a dud and his parts with Annie Potts try to suck the life out of it, which is thematic as far as fantasy versus everyday drudgery go and that's depicted well (it helps I was their kids' age at the time so atmospherically it all rings completely true of sexless suburbia), but WOW the stuff with Kathleen Turner and Anthony Perkins (who admirably does a Psycho-y peephole persona scene, lesser icons would have bristled!) is so dank and lurid and lovely and I felt hope for humanity growing beyond shame and procreative-sex imperatives and all the good things we have ahead of us! Oh the Wakeman score was whatever, Patrick Moraz woulda killed this shit...


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his parts with Annie Potts try to suck the life out of it, which is thematic as far as fantasy versus everyday drudgery go and that's depicted well
Actually, Kathleen Turner was sucking up all the life and color in that half to burn as energy in the other. Plus, a boring background makes the important stuff stand out better.

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The wrong Yes-man, haha. It reminded me of the weirdness of the score for My Nights Are More Beautiful. It’s obviously tongue-in-cheek, but ends up working (for me) on a traditional level, too.

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Ha! I'm glad you liked it! :)

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Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:35 am
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ooooh is the score to My Nights my problem with that one???


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I wonder! Have you watched it more than once? Because all my problems with the score dissolved on a second watch. It was still kind of overdone, but it fit.

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no that was the only time, I like some Wakeman and I like some illfitting scores (Light Sleeper's terrible music has become one of my favorite things about it)


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I was talking about My Nights there (in case that wasn't clear).

Wig, we should watch something for your New German Cinema thread! Is there anything on your list you haven't watched yet?

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oh duh, I can't read :shifty:

yes! let's!

most of my list is still to be seen:
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Der Bomberpilot | Werner Schroeter | 1970
I Love You I Kill You | Uwe Brandner | 1971
The Big Mess | Alexander Kluge | 1971
Der plötzliche Reichtum der armen Leute von Kombach | Volker Schlondorff | 1971
Dumpster Kid | Edgar Reitz | 1971
Morals of Ruth Halbfass | Volker Schlondorff | 1972
A Free Woman | Volker Schlondorff | 1972
History Lessons | Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | 1972
The Death of Maria Malibran | Werner Schroeter | 1972
The Wollands | Marianne Lüdcke | 1972
Dear Mother I'm Fine | Christian Ziewer | 1972
Part-Time Work of a Female Slave | Alexander Kluge | 1973
Willow Springs | Werner Schroeter | 1973
Wages and Love | Marianne Lüdcke | 1973
The Long Misery | Max Willutski | 1973
In Danger | Alexander Kluge | 1974
Das Andechser Gefühl | Herbert Achternbusch | 1974
Brutalization of Franz Blum | Reinhard Hauff | 1974
Moses und Aron | Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | 1975
Earthquake in Chile | Helma Sanders-Brahms | 1975
Under the Pavement Lies the Strand | Helma Sanders-Brahms | 1975
Lina Braake | Bernhard Sinkel | 1975
Strong Man Ferdinand | Alexander Kluge | 1976
Shirins Wedding | Helma Sanders-Brahms | 1976
Grete Minde | Heidi Genee | 1976
Die Atlantikschwimmer | Herbert Achternbusch | 1976
A Totally Neglected Girl | Jutta Bruckner | 1976
Hitler: A Film from Germany | Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | 1977
Every Revolution Is a Throw of the Dice | Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | 1977
Fortini/Cani | Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | 1977
Heinrich | Helma Sanders-Brahms | 1977
Zero Hour | Edgar Reitz | 1977
Beer Chase | Herbert Achternbusch | 1977
Regno di Napoli | Werner Schroeter | 1978
The All-Round Reduced Personality | Helke Sander | 1978
On the Move | Adolf Winkelmann | 1978
Bye Bye Bavaria | Herbert Achternbusch | 1978
Knife in the Head | Reinhard Hauff | 1978
Schluchtenflitzen | Rudiger Nuchtern | 1978
Sisters | Margarethe von Trotta | 1979
From the Cloud to the Resistance | Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | 1979
Tailor from Ulm | Edgar Reitz | 1979
Leba Rais | Christian Rischert | 1979
David | Erika Runge | 1979
1+1=3 | Heidi Genee | 1979
The Comanche | Herbert Achternbusch | 1979
Ticket of No Return | Ulrike Ottinger | 1979
Germany Pale Mother | Helma Sanders-Brahms | 1980
Gibbi West Germany | Christel Buschmann | 1980
Marianne & Juliane | Margarethe von Trotta | 1981
Circle of Deceit | Volker Schlondorff | 1981
Day of the Idiots | Werner Schroeter | 1981
Der subjektive Faktor | Helke Sander | 1981
No Mercy No Future | Helma Sanders-Brahms | 1981
Taxi Zum Klo | Frank Ripploh | 1981
Freak Orlando | Ulrike Ottinger | 1981
En rachâchant | Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | 1982
Too Early / Too Late | Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | 1982
Liebeskonzil | Werner Schroeter | 1982
Das Gespenst | Herbert Achternbusch | 1982
Der Mann auf der Mauer | Reinhard Hauff | 1982
Power of Emotion | Alexander Kluge | 1983
Sheer Madness | Margarethe von Trotta | 1983
The Laughing Star | Werner Schroeter | 1983
Die Olympiasiegerin | Herbert Achternbusch | 1983
Love Is the Beginning of All Terror | Helke Sander | 1984
Future of Emily | Helma Sanders-Brahms | 1984
Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse | Ulrike Ottinger | 1984
Death of a Salesman | Volker Schlondorff | 1985
The Rose King | Werner Schroeter | 1986
Heal Hitler! | Herbert Achternbusch | 1986
Stammheim | Reinhard Hauff | 1986
Miscellaneous News | Alexander Kluge | 1986
Rosa Luxemburg | Margarethe von Trotta | 1986


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most of my list is still to be seen
Oh! I thought you'd been been watching them, just not writing about them.

I really want to watch Sheer Madness, but I won't have a chance till Sunday. Does that work for you?

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perfect!


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Cool. It's a date!

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I ended up with only 14 horror-ish films for October this year. No overarching themes or types. Some have been on my list for years, some I just
found out about lately. Anyway, here's a ranking, with a few words for each:

Invasion of the Body Snatchers ('78) – Loved the update. Great performances all around. And finally—an answer to where the old bodies go!
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Night of the Comet – I'm still not sure why there were zombies, but who cares? This was a lot of fun!
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Creepy – Great performances, disorienting plot, satisfying ending, plus that trademark dingy glow. He's the Rembrandt of horror!
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Hocus Pocus – Works because Midler, Parker, and Najimy put their hearts and souls into their campy characters. Plus Doug Jones!
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Nadja – Save for one indefensible style choice, this is funny and clever. Fonda is hilarious as a crazy uncle/Van Helsing.
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Tremors – Really fun monster horror. Normally I'm all about pacing, but I loved that there was barely a break in this one. Super intense.
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Deathdream – A self-aware zombie is the creepiest of all! Intelligent performances and clever social commentary make this especially memorable.
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The Witches – Angelica Huston is underused, but the effects are surprisingly good. Ah, of course: Jim Henson!
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The Legend of Hell House – Very spooky take on the bunch-of-people-in-a-haunted-house genre. McDowall and Franklin are excellent.
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Seven Blood-Stained Orchids – Flashy sets, decent leads, and a coherent plot. A fun giallo.
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The Addiction – This one gave me déjà vu. To be clear, I did not live in NYC in the 90s, or get bitten by a vampire. But, close enough, apparently.
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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane – Basically a kids' movie with "innapropriate" material. Martin Sheen's a super-creepy monster!
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers ('56) – So nice and creepy at the start, where everything's just a bit off. I can see why it's a classic of the genre.
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In the Mouth of Madness – About three parts good ideas to seven parts schlocky horror. And that’s being generous.

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My previous horror lists: 2015, 2014, 2013

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What is the banner from?

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That's the giallo, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids.

It's also the first pic of the group of four. The others are Creepy, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, and Deathdream. (In case anyone was wondering.)

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In the Mouth of Madness – About three parts good ideas to seven parts schlocky horror. And that’s being generous.


I finally got around to this last week, and I can probably only be similarly as 'generous'. Whatever it does right, which really wasn't much, I pretty much just remember everything it did wrong. Pretty close to one of my least favorite movie from Carpenter.


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Deathdance.

Is this the disco 12" remix of Deathdream?


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Creepy – Great performances, disorienting plot, satisfying ending, plus that trademark dingy glow. He's the Rembrandt of horror!

Is this the Kyoshi Kurosawa film? I grabbed it on Prime streaming last year only to discover that it had no subs and was, so far, the only foreign film I've gotten where the captions option wasn't available.

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Nadja – Save for one indefensible style choice...

This guy?

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The Witches – Angelica Huston is underused, but the effects are surprisingly good. Ah, of course: Jim Henson!

I like this one a lot, a lot more in fact than Hocus Pocus. That may be due to the two coming out around the same time, and my getting irritated at how often people confused the two films.


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Is this the disco 12" remix of Deathdream?
Hahaha! Fixed.

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That's how I watched it. It has subs now.

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No, I thought that was funny! I hated the giant pixelation that represented the vampire point of view. (I think that's what it was supposed to be, anyway.) Sometimes it went on forever, and was really rough to watch.

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I like this one a lot, a lot more in fact than Hocus Pocus. That may be due to the two coming out around the same time, and my getting irritated at how often people confused the two films.
I had to go back to see if I'd rated it higher or not. I liked it a lot! I remember I wanted more.

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Creepy is also on Kanopy.com; that's how I watched it.

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Pretty close to one of my least favorite movie from Carpenter.
Same here. Sam Neill did his best, but, geez, he didn't have much to work with!

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Oh, and I just added one more to the list: Tremors.

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In the Mouth of Madness – About three parts good ideas to seven parts schlocky horror. And that’s being generous.

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I finally got around to this last week, and I can probably only be similarly as 'generous'. Whatever it does right, which really wasn't much, I pretty much just remember everything it did wrong. Pretty close to one of my least favorite movie from Carpenter.

As a fan of Lovecraft and Carpenter, I've tried 2 or 3 times to love this as much as I'm convinced I should but it isn't happening. Every 5 years or so I give it another shot, hoping it has somehow gotten better since the last viewing. Lots of people love it, I'm just missing it I guess.

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I liked the movie very much for a long spell, but not as much a fan now. It's conceptually effective, and Neill's a good anchor, and some stretches work, but the flick doesn't build terribly well.

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Bah! You people.

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I hated the giant pixelation that represented the vampire point of view. (I think that's what it was supposed to be, anyway.) Sometimes it went on forever, and was really rough to watch.

Those were toy cameras that were popular in America for a brief bit '93-'94, very cheap, intended for children to encourage very young filmmakers but inevitably seized by the art-damaged hipsters for cracked-out gritty music videos. I'm pretty sure Harmony Korine used one for some of Julien Donkey-Boy and Abel Ferrera for something or another. Very apathetic-chic.


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Jinnistan, thanks for the explanation. Not that it makes it any easier to watch!
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I recently watched a double feature of bad romance: Women in Love and Bad Timing. Hoo boy! Someone should have warned me to watch half a dozen Fred and Ginger musicals between them. However, I survived, and now I need to write them out of my system. Please join me in some journaling therapy, haha.

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Another perfect movie from Russell, Women in Love is full of that mysterious energy I talked about a few posts ago. It’s a literary adaptation that pops off the screen and lives in my head. I’m finding it hard to understand how Russell could have dropped off as thoroughly as I’ve been told he did. What went wrong? The man’s clearly a genius.

But, back to the film. These are exceedingly well-wrought characters, with an emphasis on their intellectual lives, beautifully portrayed through visceral physicality. There’s so much to admire: witty dialogue, echoes and symbolism, the clash of longings and impossible needs, the matter-of-fact energy of their historical place. Of course, this is D.H. Laurence, and the men are essentially painting their lives on the women of the title. But, as their conversations make clear, the women are, too. That jarring side-ways sex scene is the culmination of this—they're hyper-aware: “This is what we’re doing. This is how we’ll remember it.”

Despite all the foreshadowing and a believable progression, the dark turn near the end still manages to shock. But, maybe because I haven’t read the book, I didn’t understand Gudrun’s motive. Is it insecurity, to avoid being hurt? Is it class snobbery? Hatred of weakness? I’m leaning to sadism, that she simply needs him to be broken. (Yikes.) Anyone who’s read the book or seen the movie feel free to weigh in, please!

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Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing can’t match the previous film in complexity, though it’s extremely entertaining (and harrowing) in its own way. Russell is phenomenal, a force of life. (She reminded me of Kathleen Turner in Crimes of Passion.) And Garfunkel is a real eye-opener. (I don't think I've seen him in anything before.) The affair is a crazy, giddy, passionate, miserable thing. The way the film is cut (and scrambled), we see the disaster approaching, and even the central mystery, very early on. Still, nothing quite prepared me for how horrifying that missing piece was. It’s a hard watch.

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As difficult as both of those films may be, there is little that could be better than a Russell/Roeg double header. As long as I am in the hands of that kind of talent, it will always neutralize the sour taste of watching ugly things.

I love both of those movies.


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I swear I saw a picture on the 'Net of someone with a tattoo of Art Garfunkel's character. I can't find it but unless that individual got it removed, it's out there, somewhere.....


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I swear I saw a picture on the 'Net of someone with a tattoo of Art Garfunkel's character. I can't find it but unless that individual got it removed, it's out there, somewhere.....


I can only pray they have had it removed.


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Despite all the foreshadowing and believable progression, the dark turn near the end still manages to shock. But, maybe because I haven’t read the book, I didn’t understand Gudrun’s motive. Is it insecurity, to avoid being hurt? Is it class snobbery? Hatred of weakness? I’m leaning to sadism, that she simply needs him to be broken. (Yikes.) Anyone who’s read the book or seen the movie feel free to weigh in, please!

Er, maybe a bit of all of that. Maybe some jealousy on her part as well, frustrated that he won't commit.

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And Garfunkel is a real eye-opener. (I don't think I've seen him in anything before.)

He's good in Carnal Knowledge, but I feel that I shouldn't be recommending yet another difficult relationship drama at this point.


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I love both of those movies.
I hope I made it clear I do, too! I rarely write about anything I don't like a lot. I don't even put the ones I don't like in my signature.


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I swear I saw a picture on the 'Net of someone with a tattoo of Art Garfunkel's character.
I just.... ugh. Why?!

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Er, maybe a bit of all of that. Maybe some jealousy on her part as well, frustrated that he won't commit.
Makes sense. And Rupert talked him out of proposing, if I'm remembering right.

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Haha. Added to my list. :)

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