Local Color

Genre: Drama
116 min


(dramatic music)

[Voiceover] I had never

heard of the opera before.

It was in the romantic vein

by a relatively unknown

19th century Pole who was

experiencing something

of a rediscovery.

It was the American premiere

and I didn't know the plot.

As soon as I sat down, I

started to read the synopsis

to no avail.

After a sentence or two

I was hopelessly lost.

Everyone was someone's

brother, son, or twin

or masquerading as the

brother, son, or twin.

[Voiceover] It

was perfectly clear.

I understood every word of it.

[Voiceover] It seemed

that everyone was in love

with the same woman

who was the daughter,

stepsister, and long lost twin

of each of the male leads.

She was masquerading

as a man and was loved

by the sister of the man

she adored who, however,

spurned her because he didn't

realize she was a woman.

From the little I had read

of it, I was sure it would

take seven hours for this

dense plot to unfold.

But I also knew that once it

started, it would become clear.

I think Debbie was

singing on stage.

She was the daughter,

the sister, the twin,

the transvestite, everything.

(opera music)

The theater was packed.

I could feel everyone's

eyes riveted on me.

[Voiceover] No one paid the

slightest attention to her.

(opera music)

[Voiceover] At the end

the stage was cluttered with

corpses following an

orgy of poisonings,

murders, suicides,

and general mayhem.

She claimed that she was

covering it for Life Magazine.

[Voiceover] The

National Enquirer.

I can't.

I can't.

(alarm buzzing)

Alvin, Alvin?

[Voiceover] She expected

to wake up and find

herself swimming in his

blood, or worse yet,

in her own blood.

The smell of fresh

coffee reassured her that

he had not yet left for work.

200 million years ago

there was only one ocean.

All the continents

were grouped together

in a super continent,

Pangea, which was made up

of two unconnected


The northern part Laurasia

was North America,

Europe, and Asia.

The southern part

Gondwanaland was South

America, Africa,

Australia, and Antarctica.

Gondwanaland, I love that name.

Yes, Gondwanaland.

The two parts were so

close together that Boston

was touching the

coast of West Africa.

New York was on the equator.

Volcanic eruptions in

the ocean floor pushed

the continents apart.

That's why the coastline

of South America dovetails

into the coastline of Africa.

North America had the most

changes to go through.

It moved 5,000 miles

west northwest.

We've earned the

right to be the most

powerful nation on Earth.

How long did it take?

Not long, 135 million

years at the most.

65 billion years ago the

continents as we know

them were blocked out.

It's still going

on, it never stops.

That's a scary thought.

[Brian] No, it's exciting.

It should be solid

and unchanging.

Something should be.

Oh no, it's always on

the move, just like us.

But there's nothing

to worry about.

It happens very slowly.

I can see only

this much of it.

My life, the people in

it, that's my world.

If you could see the

larger perspective,

you'd be much happier.

In 50 million years there

won't even be a Mediterranean.



What do you want?

I can't talk now.

I'm very busy,

I'll see you later.

My wife, calls 100 times a day.

Such devotion, you

weren't very friendly.

No, maybe not.

If you could take a

movie of the whole world,

one frame every 200

years, it would look like

a bubbling mass of caramel.

And if we could see that

movie, we'd realize just how

trivial our own problems are.

Yes, you may be right.

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Mark Rappaport

Mark Rappaport is an American independent/underground film director who has been working sporadically since the early 1970s. A lifelong New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from Brooklyn College in 1964. Rappaport has been noted by Roger Ebert, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Ray Carney, J. Hoberman, Dave Kehr, and Stuart Klawans. Ray Carney considers him the greatest contemporary American film director. In May 2012, Rappaport filed a lawsuit against Carney for refusing to return digital masters of Rappaport's movies which the filmmaker had previously entrusted to Carney to transport to Paris. The suit was later dropped due to rising legal costs, and Rappaport started an online petition demanding that Carney return the masters.Rappaport made the 1978 drama The Scenic Route. His last three features, all made in the 1990s were Rock Hudson's Home Movies, From the Journals of Jean Seberg, and The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender.Since his move from New York to Paris in 2003, he has made many short video essays and published a collection of his (fictional and non-fictional) essays in French (Le Spectateur qui en savait trop, translated by Jean-Luc Mengus, Paris: P.O.L, 2008) and three online collections in English available in Kindle editions on Amazon: The Moviegoer Who Knew Too Much (2013), (F)au(x)tobiographies (2013), and The Secret Life of Moving Shadows (available in two parts, 2014). He has also exhibited photomontages in New York, Paris, and elsewhere over the past several years. more…

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