Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Dead of Night 3

The story of the Dummy. Told by the psychoanalyst. A very young Michael Redgrave with great mad eyes is the ventriloquist, Maxwell Frere. His dummy is Hugo. Maxwell and Hugo talk like a very bitchy gay couple, a kind of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell. And Elizabeth Welch sings.




Again, it is an ancient trope. Body versus soul, the dancer versus the dance. Philip Larkin: I couldn't go round pretending to be me. It's best to know the pretence.

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