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March 01, 2024


I just went back to James Agee's review, and he refers to THREE snappy stories. I know that the US censors insisted on removing the golfing episode at the time of the US release - too risqué! - but they also might have eliminated the mirror episode. IN any case, great tribute to a film that never fails to scare and entertain.

As i recall, the (I think) last story, about the ventriloquist dummy was by far the scariest. It's been a long while , but the madness underneath remains in my psyche.

Let's hope that this wonderful review gets thousands of people to seek out this smart and scary masterpiece of dream cinema. Some prints are about 90 minutes (omitting the golf story); full length prints are 103 or 104 minutes. Nice job, David, leaving out the end of the architect's story; I think the architect's frame story and the bus with room for just one inside are brilliant and unforgettable.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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