The Beaver Trilogy (2001)
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Critic Reviews for The Beaver Trilogy
A pervasive sense of visual madness ferments as the idea of originality collapses. This is the same kind of circularity that drives characters in Roman Polanski movies bonkers.
'...toys with issues of spectatorship so brilliantly, that you emerge having learnt a lot about fiction, documentary, and yourself.'
Audience Reviews for The Beaver Trilogy
In the late 70s, Trent Harris was testing out a camera for a TV station he worked for, and ran into a strange man who did impressions. The man later invited Harris to a talent show, in which he performed as Olivia Newton-John in full drag. This short documentary forms the first segment of the "The Beaver Trilogy." The second part is a cheaply made dramatic recreation of the events starring a young Sean Penn as the impersonator. The third is another dramatic recreation, this time starring Crispin Glover and featuring slightly higher production values and a little more story. It is all very weird. I also kinda liked it.
I suppose that this is a part documentary as the first segment profiles a young man attempting to be dramatic into a camera. Sean Penn and Crispin Glover try to recreate the scene many years later with varying degrees of success. More special interest than anything worth remembering.
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