Start the Revolution Without Me: Notes on Comic Face

Maria Fusco

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Can I say I am a fan of Donald Sutherland? No, I cannot. Can I say I am fan of a certain span of Donald ‘time’? Yes, I can. The experimental essay presented here is part of an ongoing series of works where I interpolate with a selection of films starring Donald. I work only with films made between 1970 to 1980; critically acclaimed works such as 1900 (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1976); Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973) and M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, 1970), as well as frat films such Animal House and The Kentucky Fried Movie (John Landis, 1978 and 1977 respectively). I attend to, scrutinise, each film with the same dedication and patience. Put simply, I like the way he looks during this decade. There is shame in this admission, and this shame, this adolescent prurience, is central to my project. I can’t help looking. There is a little more. A hand gesture, an avian twitch that Donald tests in Kelly’s Heroes (Brian G. Hutton, 1970) and calcifies in Ordinary People (Robert Redford, 1980). I am tracking the development of this movement with the zeal of a Victorian anthropologist. This is my method.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFandom as Methodology
Subtitle of host publicationA Sourcebook for Artists and Writers
EditorsCatherine Grant, Kate Random Love
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGoldsmiths Press
ISBN (Print)9781912685134
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2019


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