Thursday, April 12, 2012
1972-Here's Bill & Tony!
Here's Bill & Tony from 1972, one of several interesting short films made by William Burroughs and Antony Balch. Burroughs monologue about asking the pre-clear to do various things (practicing placement in space and time) is based on material from Scientology, with which Burroughs had an interesting and eventually contentious relationship. Tony Balch's bit that starts "We didn't lie to you ladies and gentlemen (etc.)" is taken direct from the script of Tod Browning's 1932 film Freaks. What they proceed to do with switching of image and sound is apparent once you watch and I'd say effectively disorienting.
For more on Burroughs' early interest in Scientology see this link-