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Basements (1987)

Adaptations of two early plays, The Room and The Dumb Waiter, by Noble Prize-winning, English playwright Harold Pinter. The first revolves around paranoiac woman trapped in her apartment. The other is about two small-time crooks waiting.

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Adaptations of two early plays, The Room and The Dumb Waiter, by Noble Prize-winning, English playwright Harold Pinter. The first revolves around paranoiac woman trapped in her apartment. The other is about two small-time crooks waiting.

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One of a number of filmed adaptations of plays made by director Robert Altman during the 1980s. See more »

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Version of Der stumme Diener (1963) See more »

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experimental short based on Pinter's play
22 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This very weird short demonstrates the fine line to be drawn between talking and communicating.

All of the characters in this piece are not capable of communicating with one another. As a result, there is the expected confusion, and ultimate mayhem.

There is very little plot. It has something to do with a nervous chattering woman who may or may not have a hidden history with the man who lives in the basement.

Worth the time, but this is no slight diversion. Don't watch it if you can't devote your attention.


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