An elderly man has his dental appointment confirmed, he walks there from a group of tall apartment blocks, has a mould made of his teeth, it is rejected and another made. That's it. Filmed ... See full summary »

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Alan Hickman ...
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Lyn Waldegrave ...
Dentist (as Lyn Waldgrave)
Louis ...
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Diane Simmons ...
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Don Fellows ...
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An elderly man has his dental appointment confirmed, he walks there from a group of tall apartment blocks, has a mould made of his teeth, it is rejected and another made. That's it. Filmed in retro scratchy and spotty sepia throughout. Written by Stewart Naunton <snaunton@online.ru>

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Old teeth, old story
19 January 2002 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

David Lodge's prize-winning short presents Charles Bukowski's poem on a visit to the dentist by an elderly man. There is boredom, threat (the black trees seen through the surgery window) and even sex (the attractive female dentist), all captured in the brief compass of some ten minutes. This is a film of old age, reflected in the slightly self-conscious retro sepia monochrome with spots and scratches specially added, and titles in ageing typewriter style (thus conforming to the contemporary principle that credits are not there to be read and are therefore made semi-legible). A good watch in a brief time.


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