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The Hearts of Age (1934)

A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Orson Welles ... Death
Virginia Nicolson Virginia Nicolson ... Old woman / Keystone Kop (as Virginia Nicholson)
William Vance William Vance ... Indian in blanket
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Edgerton Paul Edgerton Paul ... Bell-ringer in blackface (as Paul Edgerton)
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A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who tips his hat to the woman as he walks down stairs grinning. Others leave the same door and walk down the same stairs: a shabby man, a cop, and, several times, the same dandy. The man in blackface hangs himself; the dandy continues to smile. A bell tolls, a grave beckons. In the dark, the dandy plays the piano. Is he Death? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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26 November 1999 (Taiwan) See more »

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Corazones del tiempo See more »

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Woodstock, Illinois 60098, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Worth Seeing
15 March 2004 | by mmrabinSee all my reviews

although I couldn't come up w/ as piquant a one-line summary as "vaginal bells," "worth seeing" is a fair appraisal.

Welles himself said this film was nothing more than a student movie, a lampooning of surrealist cinema; so take the short for what it is: interesting, and maybe hinting at cinematic things to come.

however, investing it w/ impenetrable, pseudo-freudian psychosexual crappola---as one reviewer does---is absurd. that kind of drivel simply gives film criticism a bad name.

"the explicit representation of all the destructive/ obstructive forces that would prevent the artist from his orgasmic vision."?

too bad there's no email icon for rolling your eyes.


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