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Alan Cummings <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 10 Dec 1998 06:58:36 -0600
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Hey, fellow screen scribblers -

I don't know if this is the proper address to reach all of you with an idea
for commentary. But, here goes.

I teach screenwriting. ('nuf credentials)

I have stored in my cerebral memory bank a number of little moments in film
which I think of as "throat-lumpers."

Let me give you an example:

In the movie "Priest" there is a scene where the young gay cleric has been
caught doing a number with a pickup guy in a car and is brought before a
grim old sergeant. When the officer asks what his profession is, the man
says "parish priest." Well, sitting there, I knew the whole weight of the
Mother Church was going to fall on the poor bastard in the persona of this
old cop. Instead he winks and says, " little divil ye!" And the
whole audience gave a gasp and then began to laugh stertorously.

Now, help me pin down another one. In this scene somebody is taking an old
man in a ride in his car. The old man has, probably, Alzheimers', and he
keeps on repeating in a singsong voice a TV ad slogan for Toyota.  It's
"(....something...something)..ho! ho! Toyota!"  Whoever wrote that produced
a scene of fucking genius!  What movie was it? What was the actual jingle? you have a favorite throat-lumper?


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