Cut the Parrot
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Cut the Parrot is three comedies in one : the story of Gerry, the story of Susan, and the story of Albert. Songs of hope and heartbreak spill from the mouths of the performers. The order of impersonation rules.

1996
Canada
40:00
Original language
English
Subtitles
French

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Credits

Direction
Donigan Cumming
Participants
Donigan Cumming
Gerald Harvey
Geoffrey Bates
Beatrice Johnson
Elizabeth Barclay
Susan Thomson
James Carter
Gordon Alexander
Production
Donigan Cumming

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
4:3
Sound
Stereo
Shooting format
Betacam SP

Documentation

Further information

"In his first film, A Prayer for Nettie, Donigan Cumming had placed Albert at the heart of the posthumous tribute to Nettie, his former model. One year later, he composed Cut the Parrot, a new requiem intended for Albert, who also died amid total indifference. As in his previous film, the film-maker gathered a series of eulogies in honour of the deceased from the people, some close and others not so close, who were emotionally affected by his death. But this film differs from the previous one in that it seems to be based not only on respect but also on an intense anger. Several times Donigan films his own face and angrily tells about how he was informed of Albert's death or about his visit to the morgue to identify the body. From then on the principle behind his cinematographic quest seems clearly exposed: no life, however marginal it may seem, should end in such a way, without any consideration."

WICHT, Yann-Olivier. "Visions du réel", translation by Paul Belle, Donigan Cumming, 2002, [http://donigancumming.com/d_c/donc_home.html] (15 September 2009)

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Keywords
Stage direction, Personification, Acting, Role, Intimacy, Story