16 June 2006

Cut Out

I'm finally done with the video "I Want You (But I Can't)" that had to be ready in time for the exhibition "Ithyphallique" that took place last week at the Cinema Le Barbizon in Paris.
When Stéphane offered me to participate to the project last November, I had no idea I would spend the month of May almost reclused from the society in order to finish the montage (worse part of all, curse of all curses). Now that it's over, the pain is forgotten and all I remember is the fun going back in time and through the lists of movies I was compiling in my teenage years, the pleasure to see all those movies again, and the excitement of selecting the sequences and the music. This collage shows movies that have fixated in my adolescence the image of the ideal man and have conditioned my desire and libido.
I think my selections managed to be quite truthful to the teenage girl I was but for various reasons (sources, costs, duration of video, narration..), some sequences were dropped or some movies were just not in the "priority list".
So as a late addition, here's a mention of performances I chose to cut out:

Gregory Peck in Duel in the Sun or in Roman Holidays
No Gregory Peck in my final collage which means it's definitely faulted - but it couldn't be perfect right?

James Stewart in The Shop Around the Corner or in It's a Wonderful Life
I think there's no James Stewart because he touches me more than he is really sexy - but he's surely in my imaginary world of cool people.

Gary Cooper in The Fountainhead
Can't remember when I saw the movie the 1st time. I was maybe 14, 15. I got into Frank Lloyd Wright right after. And into Individualism. Apparently the book is much more aggressive.

Cary Grant in Notorious
Really this one is because I couldn't fit it in. I had no time left. But boy, do I love him in this movie.

Sam Shepard in The Right Stuff
This one also almost made the cut. Chuck Yeager and the wall of sound? Yeah, baby.

Tom Courtenay in King and Country
The DVD is out of stock - one of the best anti-war movie ever.

Dennis Quaid in Flesh and Bones
Huge on-screen chemistry with his partner and wife at the time, Meg Ryan.

Fred Astaire in The Bandwagon
This one was a tough one. I had to reduce the video's duration and had to make a sorry choice between Astaire in Top Hat and Astaire in The Bandwagon. Talk about *the* impossible choice. Top Hat is not a masterpiece which The Bandwagon is but the Top Hat scene I selected simply fitted better with the rest of the movie.

Michael Keaton in Batman Returns
Encoding problem. The only one.

Jean-Pierre Cassel in L'Ours et la Poupée
Poor quality of source.

The Beatles (more specifically George Harrison) in A Hard Day's Night
I used their music instead of their image, the message is almost the same.

Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter, Stewart Granger in Scaramouche, Frank Sinatra in Pal Joey, Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy
Ran out of time to process the movies

- More performances from my early list:
Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men
Hugh Grant in Maurice
Dennis Quaid in The Right Stuff
Christopher Walken in King of New-York
John Cassavetes in Love Streams
Daniel Day-Lewis in My Beautiful Laundrette
Stewart Granger in Moonfleet
Steve McQueen in The Magnificent Seven
Yul Brynner in The King and I
James Spader in Sex, Lies and Videotape
David Niven in A Matter of Life and Death

- Actors who made it to the final collage but not in these movies:
Errol Flynn in Gentleman Jim
Harrison Ford in Working Girl
Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and in Torch Song Trilogy
Gary Oldman in Dracula
Peter O'Toole in How To Steal A Million
Clark Gable in It Happened One Night
Pierre Fresnay in La Grande Illusion

-- Joëlle

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