RED or DEAD?

a

From Aether, by Harry Kumel (Malpertuis) and Herman Wuyts.

dt

The RED car speeds through the dark tunnel. In the driver's seat — The Girl.

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tg

The Girl arrives at her bf's block.

He rushes to see her.

bfr

An accident waiting to happen!

He falls — injured. Or DEAD? The RED ball bounces off — unharmed!

bb

s

Hospital — the operating theater — ether!

A dream...of RED.

d1

d2

d3

d4

DEAD. On the operating table or on the stairs? Either way, DEAD is DEAD.

dead

b

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b2

The RED ball bounces merrily away.

"I guess he's not coming," sighs the Girl, and drives merrily away into the dark tunnel.

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David Cairns is the author of Shadowplay, the willfully eccentric film blog.

 

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  • David Ehrenstein

    Don’t forget the devil’s bouncing red ball in Fellini’s “Toby Dammit”

  • David Cairns

    That seems like a natural link, doesn’t it? And I think Kumel and Wuyts came first. Mario Bava’s Kill Baby Kill! is often cited as an influence on Fellini, but he may have been shopping around…

  • Guy Budziak

    I was thinking of The Prisoner, only this looks like a soccer ball (the texture and faux stitching in the close-up) as opposed to the large translucent sphere that menaced Number Six. Something devilish about the way it bounces along on its merry way, like the toy of a malicious child…what year’s the release of this?

  • David Cairns

    1960. But the ball does behave rather like Rover in The Prisoner, especially in an aerial shot of it splashing into water which I haven’t included here. The dream-paranoia feeling, the open-topped sports car, and even the bongo soundtrack do somehow recall McGoohan’s masterpiece.

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