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The Blue Aspic (2005)

When Jasper Ankle, the lonely janitor at the Opera, first hears the voice of beautiful understudy Ortenzia Destino, an emptiness in his heart is filled. When the lead is mysteriously ... See full summary »

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Thomas J. Cabela
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Credited cast:
Bruce Burns Bruce Burns ... Jasper Ankle
Lou Delucia Lou Delucia ... Kastanovich
Karen Hager Karen Hager ... Gertrude (as Karen Hagar)
Caitlin Talbot ... Ortenzia Destino
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When Jasper Ankle, the lonely janitor at the Opera, first hears the voice of beautiful understudy Ortenzia Destino, an emptiness in his heart is filled. When the lead is mysteriously murdered Ortenzia takes her place on stage, and from there becomes a famous diva. As Ortenzia's star rises her life becomes increasingly unbearable. Not only is she expected to compromise her integrity, but everyone she seems to get close to ends up dying a gruesome death. Jasper cannot stand idly by as Ortenzia suffers, and will go to any length to save her. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Cabela Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Cruz, California, USA

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Cabelafilms See more »
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"A lugubrious, darkly funny film-noirette based on the tale by Edward Gory." - Mill Valley Film Festival -
10 October 2005 | by tom-900See all my reviews

The Blue Aspic's black humor and operatic dramatics captures the subtle and macabre essence of Edward Gorey's illustrated story on which the film is based. In addition to it's strange humor, the film's surreal ambiguous production design by Sally Sherwood, and stunning high-contrast "antiqued" cinematography by Matthew Boyd, place The Blue Aspic in a world all to itself. Actor Bruce Burns' intense and disturbing performance coupled with Caitlin Talbot's stunning and powerful presence creates volcanic screen chemistry. Composer Anton Patzner's gorgeous score, and Editor Patrick Nelson Barns' dynamic editing make the film unfold like a Puccini opera married with a Raymond Chandler Novel.


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