|How it appeared in 1973, on Super 8mm film, Tri-X B/W film stock
|The original sketch, with a blue ball-point pen, before discovering Rapidographs
All due to a teenage obsession with les Freres Marx, culminating with procuring a copy of Night at the Opera to show at a Friday afternoon assembly, on the eve of an ice storm in December, 1972. (Confession - I later took that print home with me along with a 16mm projector from the high school AV room and ran it five times over the weekend)
Originally part of a ponderous film purporting to be about the US Capitol Building (gee, let THAT subject go, Middleton!) that I tried to make as pretentious as possible, with candles serving as "opening" and "closing" images, wobbly tracking shots through a college library to A Book of Wisdom and Knowledge (ok, it was my freshman chemistry book), and felled trees looking like Richard Nixon. Yeah, a real knee slapper, that one.
And you know what? Never got around to using the damned thing.
Here's the inspirational opening title of A Night at the Opera from 1935:
And here's the link to Good Garbage, put together between 1973 and 1974:
Text and original sketches (c) 1974, 2024 Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary, etc etc...