Opus 40: The Master-Work of Environmental Artist Harvey Fite

Synopsis: Opus 40 is a large envi­ron­men­tal sculp­ture in Sauger­ties, New York, cre­ated by sculp­tor and quar­ry­man Har­vey Fite (1903-1976). It com­prises a sprawl­ing series of dry-stone ramps, pedestals and plat­forms cov­er­ing 6.5 acres of a blue­stone quarry.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Benjamin T. Orifici
Actors: Tad Richards
48 min




You know how you

get rid of crabs?

- How?

- You got to shave one testicle.

All the crabs go over

to the other testicle,

you got to light the hair

on fire on that one.

When they all go scurrying out, you take

an ice pick and you f***ing stab

- every single last one of them.




(OVER RADIO) The Allied

armed forces have been ordered to

suspend offensive action.

The proclamation of V-J Day

must await upon

the formal signing

of the surrender terms by Japan.

MAN 2:
(OVER RADIO) The Japanese

delegation lines up on the opposite side

of the surrender table

from the Alliance.

A war which had entered its

eighth terrible year in China,

which had raged for three years and

nine months for America and Britain,

which was the brutal, costly,

eastern half of the most horrible

worldwide war in human history,

is now within minutes

of ending for good.

General MacArthur speaks.

Let us pray that peace

be now restored to the world,

and that God will

preserve it always.

- These proceedings are closed.


MAN 2:
Swarms of

United States aircraft

fly in formation overhead

as the ceremony ends.

The final United Nations

victory has been won.

The war is over, peace is here.


Move it in.

Move it in.

Next table, next table.

Move it in. Move it in.

Move it in.

You men are blessed

with the rejuvenating

powers of youth.

The responsibilities of peacetime

must now be considered.

You can start a business:

filling station,

grocery or hardware store.

Get a few acres of land

and raise some chickens...

...go back to school.

Undoubtedly, there will be

people on the outside

who will not understand

the condition you men have,

or will think it

a rather shameful condition.

If the average civilian

had been through

the same stresses that

you have been through,

undoubtedly they too would have

developed the same nervous conditions.

Freddie, I'm going to show you

a series of pictures.

I want you to tell me the first

thing that comes to your mind.

There's no right or wrong answers.

Tell me what you see.

Well, that's a p*ssy,

a lady's p*ssy.

What about this one?

Looks like cock

going inside of a p*ssy.

All right, let's try it again.

Tell me what you see, Freddie.

That looks like...

That's just like a cock,

actually, upside down.

Thank you.

You've had episodes

of enuresis?


Yes, that's right.

My kidneys were all tore up

from it all over there,

and it came on strong.

And what's this about

a crying episode?

What crying episode?

It says here you had a severe headache,

and a crying spell.

I didn't have a crying spell.

It was brought on by a letter

I received from a girl I knew once.

I think I...

I believe I suffered what,

in your profession,

you call nostalgia. (laughs)

It was nostalgia that was

brought on by a letter I received.

From your sweetheart?

No, sir, not my sweetheart.

The kid sister of a girl...

The kid sister of a friend of mine

I knew from back home.

I received this letter, and...


I received a letter and I read it.

According to the history here,

I notice that you say

- you saw a vision of your mother.

- Now, it wasn't a vision.

- It was a dream.

- Well, tell me about the dream.


- I need to know.

- Why do you need to know?

This will help in your treatment.

You can't help in my treatment,

you don't even know...

Well, it was my mother

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