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Death and Transfiguration (1983)

| Short, Drama | 1983 (UK)
In sepia tones, the film moves back and forth among three periods in Robert Tucker's life: he's an old man, near death, in a nursing home at Christmas time; he's in middle age caring for ... See full summary »

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Wilfrid Brambell ...
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Jeanne Doree
Chrissy Roberts
Virginia Donovan
Carol Christmas
Angela Rooks
Brian Gilbert
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Ron Metcalfe
Lisa Parker
James Wilde
Ron Jones
James Culshaw
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In sepia tones, the film moves back and forth among three periods in Robert Tucker's life: he's an old man, near death, in a nursing home at Christmas time; he's in middle age caring for his cheerful but dying mother; he's a lad at Catholic school, practicing his catechism, going to confession for the first time, receiving the Eucharist, surrounded by the singing of a children's choir. In middle age, he looks through his scrapbook of photographs of muscular men; he recalls lovers and his mother's cremation. A nurse sits beside him on his last night; in his last breath, he reaches forward and back.. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It All Depends on You
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson
Performed by Doris Day
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10 November 2014 | by (Boulder, CO) – See all my reviews

This would have to be categorized as experimental cinema--it's certainly not mainstream. It interweaves stories about three periods in a man's life: as a youth being indoctrinated in religion, as a middle-aged man dealing with the death of his mother, as an old man facing his own death. The filming in stark black-and-white suites the material. Every scene is presented to convince you of what an unhappy life this man has had. The nostrums of Christianity are counter-posed with harsh life realities indicating what director Davies must think of his religious training. The final death scene knocked me on my ass. I questioned myself if I could make it through this short film and, after having done so, I wondered how many suicide attempts were made after viewing it.


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