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Tom, do you have a copy of this? I've been dying to see it...
I did up until a few years ago (long story), but since I'm planning on writing a piece on the thing I ordered an ootleg-bay of it earlier this morning.One of the purest expressions of madness (in the best sense of that term) in all cinema. No doubt.
I first encountered Carey when I first saw Head, and have been fascinated ever since (although his Head appearance makes a lot more sense now that I know more about him)."Don't ever...NEVER...make fun of no cripples!"
I first saw Carey during his Kubrick tour of duty in "The Killing" and "Paths of Glory". I didn't see "Head" until the late 80s . . . that's an unbelieveable film . . . but I noticed Carey managed to come off as more menacing in his scenes than Sonny Liston did in his. I don't think Carey was capable of giving a performance untouched by his own insanity, though, so it's not a surprise.
I always thought Nicholas Cage could get back in my good books by starring in The Timothy Carey Story. Well, a fella can dream, can't he?
I just saw Head online a couple of days ago. I didn't know who Carey was until I saw the cripple line. I actually have used that quote from time to time, in a humorous context, of course.By the way, the site I saw it on was a public domain site that streams classic films, shorts and more. I never knew Head was p.d.. It's http://www.Americafree.tv . I've been hooked on their comedy shorts channel for days now. Give it a look.
Hmmm...Head was a Columbia/Screen Gems production, licensed to Rhino for its current home video release (the original one was RCA/Columbia, which I have on laserdisc), so I'd venture to say that it's definitely not in the public domain. That website might want to be VERY careful...even if the film was PD, the music in it most assuredly wouldn't be, which could still make things sticky.
When the cleancut young Frank Zappa appeared on the Steve Allen Tonight show to play music on a bicycle, he wedged a monologue/discussion of his score into the air time. The contemporary commposer refused to shut up.
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