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Entry for May 21, 2009
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The Morpheus post from yesterday has been moved to the Titania page...

But I wanted to comment on a few questions I got about - why is the sleepwalker his doppelganger?  Well, I can't give away all the film's secrets, but I'll tell you the inspiration behind it (aside from me seeing him as both the poet and the sleepwalker from the ballet).  WAY back when I was in college I did my senior thesis on "The Methods of Portrayal of Insanity in Early Silent Film".  I chose three films to discuss -  Barrymore's "Dr. Jekyll...", "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1929), and "The Student of Prague" (1913).  I'm pretty sure I dug all the way back to the 1913 version of "Prague" because - what a treat!  The 1926 version is also stunning - and I believe all of these films are now available on YouTube - though I still recommend renting to view in their high quality beauty. 



"The Student of Prague" tells the tale of a student who hastily sells his reflection to the devil or a sorcerer in exchange for wealth.  And pretty soon the reflection shows up in town as his doppelganger and starts reeking havoc on the student's life.  At the end, just when you thought the student had tricked the doppelganger for good - the doppelganger gets the last laugh.  It's good, creepy fun!  And that - coupled with Meshes in the Afternoon (Maya Deren) - got me all excited about doubles, and how they commented on the real character.  And somehow that all lead to my Morpheus character getting one of his own.  The explanation of which - will be left for the film to reveal.  But in the meantime, go rent some good silent film...
2009-05-21 15:33:19 GMT
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