Got a light?

This is the water and this is the well…

Drink full and descend…

The horse is the white of the eye…

And dark within.

Words from Twin Peaks, images from OF HUMAN HEARTS.

OFH has lots of good scenes and good actors — Beulah Bondi, Walter Huston, James Stewart and Charles Coburn, but alas it’s all building up to a deeply bogus scene with a deeply bogus Abe Lincoln, played John Carradine from under a terrifying waxy residue applied by Jack Dawn and/or Josef Norin. It’s totally inflexible apart from the crease at his upper lip that lets him talk. They’d have been better off with an animatronic version, even though animatronics in them days would have meant building a face the size of King Kong’s mechanical mask and having Mickey Rooney run around inside it pulling levers.

Twin Peaks, meanwhile, is slowing down time. And not just with daring choices of pacing, like three minute shots lingering on a floor being swept or two people looking at a third person smoke a cigarette. The weekly dosage is making my weeks seem longer, due to the suspense. Seven days suddenly feels like seven days again.

Although, I’m not sure I’d recommend watching episode eight alone in a foreign hotel with apparently no other guests. Good thing I’m a tough SOB. Fear is a stranger to me. A grubby, bearded stranger with fingers that can shatter bone.

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4 Responses to “Got a light?”

  1. bensondonald Says:

    According to his grandson, Charles “Ming” Middleton had an annual gig playing Lincoln in a Nevada casino’s Lincoln’s Birthday event. He’d perform the Gettysburg Address and collect $5,000. Since the speech only took five minutes, he’d tell chums that, on a per minute basis, he was the highest paid star in the business.

  2. As long as he didn’t lapse into Mongo imperial mode and start threatening the earth…

  3. If you told me the shots of Charles Coburn and wax-head John Carradine were also from Season 3 of Twin Peaks, I would have no reason to doubt you.

  4. It’s the show with everything!

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