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Knots (1975)

| Documentary, Drama
On a stage, actors prepare to perform Edward Petherbridge's vignette play based on R.D. Laing's 1970 book about the common psychological knots and hang ups that make human communication much harder than it needs to be.

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John Moreno ...
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Sharon Duce
Mark McManus
Sheila Reid
Tenniel Evans ...
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Matthew Long
Charlie Madge ...
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Chris Morley ...
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Claire Lindsay ...
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Johanna Adams ...
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On a stage, actors prepare to perform Edward Petherbridge's vignette play based on R.D. Laing's 1970 book about the common psychological knots and hang ups that make human communication much harder than it needs to be.

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A memory from thirty years ago...
31 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

...but this excellent film has been with me ever since. It's based on R D Laing's book of psychological puzzles of the same name, and Laing himself appears in a non-speaking role, watching in an empty theatre as a company of actors set up and rehearse a show consisting of dramatisations of the puzzles, while exploring a number of them offstage as well.

The cast also included, I remember, John Moreno, Paola Dionisotti and Sharon Duce, and all the actors played off each other brilliantly. From the first shots of the company arriving in a bus to the sound of Pink Floyd (the last two tracks from "Dark Side of the Moon," and every time I hear the first one I find myself reciting the Knot that one of the actors reads over the instrumental) to the grand finale with its solitary spectator, the film compels attention. I recorded the soundtrack on an old reel-to-reel tape recorder (a tape now long lost) and listened to it again and again long after the film had vanished into the mists of television ephemera. I suppose it's too much to hope that a copy survives anywhere on video, let alone that a DVD would ever be released of something so offbeat and, let's face it, old...


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