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Men: A Passion Playground (1985)

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30 August 2014 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

One of my earliest experiences in film was this short subject by Atom Egoyan, who was hired by poet Gail Harris to visualize one of her poems: "Men, A Passion Playground". This was in 1983, and shot at a park in Oak Bay (Victoria), B.C. Believe it or not, a hot air balloon was retained for just a few seconds on film, to coincide with the line 'men in the air'. I worked as a grip (in truth, I just showed up that day when I heard it was going to be filmed, signed a release, and presto!) and also appeared as a 'face' among dozens in the ending montage. But who are all the people whose vote gave this an average of 2.1? Egoyan's developing brilliance are in clear evidence here, in the two scenes mentioned. I only got to see this at the University of Victoria a few years later as an opening for "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome". I don't think it is available anywhere, and I have never seen it again. Perhaps it should be added as an extra to one of Egoyan's later films, or a director's box set collection.


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