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The ‘Anthology Heaven’ series is taking a rest for four weeks, but will continue on Saturday, August 24th, three days after we return from our two week trip to London and Kendal.

James Uhler has volunteered to offer up a piece on the famed television comedy show Seinfeld for today, and may opt to examine a few other episodes of that show over the coming three weeks.  If not, the Saturday space will remain empty for that short interval.

I want to thank the many people from the bottom of my heart who have e mailed me on Lucille’s improved condition.  Yes, she was diagnosed with a strain of multiple sclerosis (MS), but she has the less severe kind, which is known as remissive.  The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with this live long and full lives, some into their 80’s and 90’s.  Life expectancy for people with MS is the same as people who don’t or have not had it.  We were all overjoyed to bring Lucille home this afternoon, and were thrilled that her neurologist told her that the U.K. trip was a blessing, and it came just as the right time for her to unwind after the stress and trauma of this past week.  A few others in our school system have worked with M.S. for well over 40 years running, and everything is under control with the medication.

I needed to take a two week break from the series for obvious reasons, but I decided to make it four taking in the 14 day London trip.  I plan on doing 8 more Thriller episodes to join the 6 I have already done, and then will move on to The Twilight Zone.  I wish Mr. Uhler luck on his promising Seinfeld appreciation.

-Sam

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La Pris 2

by Allan Fish

(France 1968 104m) DVD2 (France only, no English subs)

Aka. Woman in Chains

I’m not much fun

p  Robert Dorfman  d/w  Henri-Georges Clouzot  ph  Andréas Winding  ed  Noëlle Balenci  art  Jacques Saulnier

Elisabeth Wiener (Josée David), Laurent Terzief (Stan Hassler), Bernard Fresson (Gilbert Moreau), Dany Carrel (Maguy), Noëlle Adam (Josée’s mother), Claude Piéplu (Josée’s father), Michel Etcheverry (surgeon), Daniel Rivière (Maurice), Joanna Shimkus, Charles Vanel, Michel Piccoli,

Bearing in mind the history of Clouzot’s previous two films, La Véritè and the unfinished L’Enfer, it’s hard not to watch the opening scene of his final film without equating the master to his protagonist.  It’s a nothing scene really, a man in glasses with a miniature doll in his hand, whose white cloth top he pulls down to reveal her breasts.

As with his friend Hitchcock there was always something voyeuristic about Clouzot, so it’s hard not to imagine him as the photographer snapping Suzy Delair in Le Quai des Orfèvres or directing Bardot in La Vérité and wishing he could do as with the doll, but had to content himself with a blink and you’ll miss it flash instead.  Following the death of his actress wife Vera in 1960, Clouzot descended to a dark obsessive place.  The surviving footage of L’Enfer show a masochistic voyeurism towards his female stars, with a naked Romy Schneider tied to a train track – bear that in mind watching La Prisonnière – and behind the scenes footage showing the cameraman taking an interest in Dany Carrel’s breasts making an escape bid from her top.  There’s something psychedelic about the colour filters used in L’Enfer that Clouzot returned to in La Prisonnière, and it wasn’t the only thing that would return.  Carrel would be back, too.   (more…)

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