March 19, 2008

A Trip To The DVD Store

The local Borders had "Blackadder III" in the Documentary section this evening; Koyaanisqatsi, Man Of Flowers, and Anton Corbijn's collected video works were lurking in the "Foreign Language" section (Koyaanisqatsi is at least plausible, I guess); and a new reissue of Battleship Potemkin sat in the "Comedy" section.

Easy targets, for sure; the really striking thing, though, is that they actually had those DVDs.

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At 3/19/2008 10:06 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friend Carl met up with Alyson Best a good half dozen years after Man of Flowers - early 90s, i think. She was a friend of a friend. Sadly, during a few meetings over the course of some months, he noticed the ups n downs of a manic-depressed personality. On a mission, involved in secret solo criminal activity, often dishevelled, rambling. He was dismayed, as all (we males? ach!) would have been to see such a charming woman in breakdown. He heard tell of her again a couple of years ago. Prison, drugs. Safe to assume her collapse and lack of audition wins were walking hand in hand - maybe?
Sorry man, i thought the comment worth posting - you may already know (but does it help, Gharaidh? Is this part of a completist obsession? Well, no. It's more emotional than that).
The film, the director, Kaye, her, all uniquely combine into its own version of that intangible sensation I find only in (many) Australian films. - Gharaidh.

At 3/20/2008 9:01 am, Blogger Jimmy Little said...

Gawd, that's sad, but maybe way too predictable (she strongly reminds me of a certain, umm, self-destructive but gorgeous friend who I was with for a while around that time). Apparently Norman Kaye died only a few months ago, something I also didn't know. The two of them were the heart of that film; Cox has apparently made a documentary about Kaye, which I'll have to try to find. MOF is a great film — I force unAustralian visitors to watch it whenever they're here :-).


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