Track 29 – tape 1467

This tape starts with Track 29, directed by the usually interesting Nicolas Roeg. It’s written by Dennis Potter – another link to a recent tape. I wonder how many of his narrative tics we’ll see. It doesn’t start well, with the opening credits playing out over a figure on a deserted road, and when the credits end, we get a close up. It’s Gary Oldman, and the first thing he does is throw his head back and screams “Mummy!”. Childhood trauma? I’d put money on it.

Theresa Russell is doing her aerobics while watching Dangermouse. Was Dangermouse sold in the US? Was it popular amongst suburban women?

Theresa Russell

Her husband is Christopher Lloyd, a doctor whose hobby is model railways.

Christopher Lloyd

There’s another link with a recent tape, as Oldman is hitchhiking along the Cape Fear River.

Cape Fear River

He hitches a ride with a trucker, Leon Trippy (last seen here in the Star Trek TNG episode The Neutral Zone) who has a tattoo of ‘Mom’ on his arm, which Oldman highly approves of. Then, when he takes his shirt off, he has ‘Mother’ tattooed on his chest, giving Oldman a flashback to… anyone? Yes, it’s someone having sex. Good Grief, Potter, are you ever going to get over that?

He’s dropped off near the diner where Russell and her friend are eating, and he’s soon flirting with Russell with his english accent and dreamy floppy hair. Look how young he looks.

Gary Oldman

As if one character with parental issues isn’t enough, Russell appears to call Lloyd ‘daddy’ and she has a large doll collection. Plus, more trauma in her past as we see flashbacks to a childbirth.

Meanwhile, Lloyd is lusting after the much younger nurse at his practice, played by Sandra Bernhard. He enjoys having her smack him on the bum while fairground music is playing.

Sandra Bernhard

Then Oldman comes to see Russell and tells her he’s her son. But it also seems he might entirely be a figment of Russell’s imagination, which would at least excuse his appallingly mannered performance.

At one point, Lloyd is giving the keynote speech at a model train convention that’s a little more animated than I would expect such a gathering to be.

Keynote Speech

And in the end, her delusion kills Lloyd, and she goes off to live in her fantasy world by herself.

Oh, and Gary Oldman sings an old song, called ‘Mother’, so I think that completes our Dennis Potter Bingo.

After this, there’s a strange looking film called Skidoo. It looks like a film about hippies made by a very old man, Otto Preminger.

Then, the tape runs out during Janis, a documentary about Janis Joplin.

Janis Joplin

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