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Consider it if you will:

The incredibly rich writer Sissy Goforth lives alone with her servants and nurses on the top of a Mediterranean island, on which she makes her own rules. Her days consist of dictating her autobiography and begging for injections. Here comes Chris Flanders, a.k.a. the angel of death - he has the weird habit of paying visit to unfortunate ladies shortly before their death. Sissy dresses him like a Japanese warrior, and he contemplates in that outfit the waves breaking against the rocks below. The witch of Capri - a neighbour - is invited to share their dinner, a larger than life - and still moving - monster of the sea.

Some script lines:

Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: Hot sun, cool breeze, white horse on the sea, and a big shot of vitamin B in me!

Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: Shit on your mother!

Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: What's human or inhuman is not for human decision.

Chris Flanders: In Xanadu did Kubla Khan, a stately pleasure-dome decree. Where Alph, the sacred river, ran through caverns measureless to man down to a sunless sea.
Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: WhaaAAAT?

Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: Did somebody tell you I was dying this summer? Did somebody tip you off that Sissy Goforth was about to go forth this summer?
Chris Flanders: Yes. That's why I came.
Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: Well, well. I've escorted six husbands to the eternal threshold and come back alone without them. Now it's my turn. I've no choice but to do it, but I want to do it alone. I don't want to be escorted. I want to go forth alone. And you... you counted on touching my heart because you knew I was dying. Well, you miscalculated with this one. The milk train doesn't stop here anymore.

Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: Life is all memory.

Chris Flanders: In my heart beats blood that is not my blood, but the blood of anonymous blood donors.

The Witch of Capri: I have always fond girls fragrant in any phase of the moon.

Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: Ah, the insincere sympathy of the faraway stars.

(These last three lines in particular are of course genius.)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 16:10 (fifteen years ago) link


(altho this might actually be the ultimate ITR movie

HI DERE, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 16:23 (fifteen years ago) link

boom.avi downloading @ 1113.8 kB/s

jhøshea, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 16:27 (fifteen years ago) link

It's John Waters' favorite film. This is all I need to know.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 16:28 (fifteen years ago) link

lol 113.8 kB/s

jhøshea, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 16:29 (fifteen years ago) link


John Justen, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 16:30 (fifteen years ago) link

It would be easier for John to list the films he has not seen.

Sara R-C, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 17:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Thanks for reminding me to add FIDO to my netflix queue, though; A. *really* wanted to see it when it came out, but I think he's forgotten it. Yay I get to remind him of something good!

Sara R-C, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 17:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Ned, you can't have just discovered this movie now.

Eric H., Tuesday, 4 March 2008 17:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Of course not. Known about it since the eighties. But it is only the lens of ITR which has enabled me to realize its best audience.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 17:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Tennessee Williams: The MDMA Years

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 00:04 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Hey, thanks YouTube.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 July 2009 20:22 (fourteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Reviving this thread because of Follies of God, the feed of which is usually a bright light in my day.

Came Here to Roll the Microscope (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 15:46 (one year ago) link

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