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Movie Details

Title:   The Body Beneath
Director:   Andy Milligan
Year:   1970
Genre:   Vampire
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   01.10.07

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Guru, The Mad Monk

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
01.10.07Weird Wednesday My first Andy Milligan movie... I wouldn't say I took an immediate loving to it, but I did find some very interesting things going on. To me this movie seemed like an excellent example of how if you're determined and crazy enough, you can will a movie into existence. I can totally picture this guy completely caught up in his own world, constantly badgering everyone he knows to help him out with this or that as he follows this unscratchable itch to make movies. Lots of this movie shows a limited or cut off view of really great technique. Like he goes for these really Wellesian deep focus shots with tons of actors filling the frame in interesting ways but it doesn't _quite_ work so you end up with some odd framing cutting off faces at the nose or above the neck. There's also this party scene which I thought was really cool at the beginning when I thought it would all be played in these vaseline-smeared glimpses over dreading music, but the scene turns into these big speeches and the vaseline stays on the lens too long. It's also very talky BUT the talk is smart and sharp. Of course this would be better if i could remember any of the smart sharp lines, but oh well, it's late. Overall, I'm not sure I'm in any hurry to see it again, but I liked the feeling of freedom and independance coming off this movie, as well as the hunchback named Spool. What a great name.
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