From: nenslo <nenslo@yahooX.com>
Date: Fri, Jun 13, 2003
"Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe
And Find True
Happiness?" has the longest title of any movie I've seen since "Oh
Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You In The Closet And I'm Feeling So Sad."
It is simply the CRAZIEST DAMNED THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. EVER. There
is not one minute of "Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe
And Find True Happiness?" which is not bizarre or absurd. This
self-referential autobiographical indulgence begins with
co-writer/producer/director Anthony Newley as Merkin showing an
autobiographical film to his children, played by Newley's own
children. That film also includes an autobiographical play written by
Merkin and is occasionally interrupted by the writers, critics and
director of the uberfilm, the one we are actually watching. What is
the craziest thing in this crazy jumble? The rambling inconsequential
semi-joke allegories delivered by George Jessel as death? Milton
Berle as the devil presiding red-robed over Merkin's Satanic
Initiation ritual or decoying Merkin with a bare breasted female devil
robot? Merkin watching a movie of himself watching a movie of a
musical fairy tale about a princess who loved a donkey? Newley
wandering around naked as Merkin's faceless robotic alter-ego (with
spinning wind-up key protruding from its back and animated cartoon
mouth which speaks in speech balloons) interacts with Merkin's wife,
Polyester Poontang, played by Newley's wife Joan Collins, in a song
and dance number with the living personified zodiac???? Maybe that
PILL Milton Berle gives Newley which makes smoke come out his ears and
causes him to see multicolor underwater hallucinations has something
to do with how this movie takes self-indulgence and pretentiousness to
a level far beyond mere transcendence.
This is the CRAZIEST DAMNED THING I HAVE EVER SEEN.
From: Joe Cosby <joecosby@SPAMBLOCKmindspring.com>
Then I guess you've never been to an Italian wedding.
"The acid in human urine causes great damage. It sounds like a laughing matter but it really isn't."
- Gert-Christian Jakobzik of the Berlin city senate
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