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I didn't know that this movie existed until about one week ago. I've watched it five times now and I actually think that it improves upon Vonnegut's short story... something that I would never have thought possible. Monkey House has been one of my favorite works for over 40+ years now but there are some small things that prevent it from making my "very best" collection. Harrison's age, in the story, of 14. Harrison's rage and talk of being the Emperor. I have a few problems with the film, the most confusing being why we never get a true full facial shot of the ballerina - I found that unusual. And with Vonnegut's description of the dance it would have been nice to, however abstractly, get a taste of how these athletes kissed the ceiling. In the 1990's there was that horrible, horrible "Harrison Bergeron'" with Vonnegut's name attached (and which I have long prayed was a result of a legal accident). The story itself was short. This film, much better than could have been expected, is short. The film is so very, very close to perfect that it's a brilliant companion for the film. I was also impressed with Julie Hagerty, underrated, and could feel the bone weariness of James Cosmo. I would just like to have seen the ballerina's face!
A beautiful, moving short film which perfectly illustrates Kurt Vonnegut's short story, Harrison Bergeron.
Good short film. It had a few flaws but I liked the idea. Obviously there were some great themes explored.
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