Tuesday, October 06, 2009

As far as our weekly report for Conversations with T.F. Mou goes, things are on the move again. The footage and materials have largely been recompiled once more and I'm going to start chopping away at it and recreating the first 8 minutes today in fact.

One particularly cool artifact I snagged in the midst of my research at the Boston Public Library was a still from, oh yes, T.F. Mou's first 1969 outing I Didn't Dare Tell You.

For your viewing pleasure (or otherwise) this week, here's a still that pretty much proves that the cat scene is fake showing a technician, with Mou looking over his shoulder, painting the sedated kitty with fake blood, which was apparently a honey mixture that they rats simply licked off the animal.


Phantom of Pulp said...

Looking very forward to this.

I like that you're dedicating so much effort to Mous. He deserves it.

J.L. Carrozza said...

Thanks Mark,

I love that review you did a while about how his films are equal parts exploitation and politics and it's so meshed together that it's difficult to see where one starts and another begins. Jacopetti and Prosperi's films are so interesting for that reason too. That is basically the thesis of this film and that so-called exploitation is far more truthful about pathological human than people give it credit. In person, Mou has complete conviction and belief in the political relevance of his work and so do J&P in the interviews I've seen of them. They just choose a very polemic presentation shall we say.