The Amputee

Synopsis: In this plotless 5 minute short, Catherine Coulson plays a legless double-amputee who, throughout the film, is going over a letter she is writing. She makes marks on the letter, and we hear a voice-over of her reading through it. The letter is a sort of mini soap opera; she writes about things happening among a group of her acquaintances, about feelings, about who said certain offensive or endearing things. Very quickly, the droning monotony of Coulson's letter becomes a background noise which gets lost in the actions of her nurse, played by David Lynch. Lynch enters after a minute or so in a nurse costume, his hair in a long ponytail flipped over one shoulder. He begins readying his instruments, then unwraps one of Coulson's stumps. He snips away at something in the wound, probably stitches, though it sounds like he's cutting thick wire. He uses a sort of syringe to flush the wound with water and has a rubber ball that works like a turkey baster to suck fluid out of the wound. Coulson
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Short
 
IMDB:
5.6
Year:
1974
9 min
32 Views

This isn't what I am telling you.

You weren't in the room when Jim said that.

And I was.

And he really did.

He told me,

that everything was fine

between Helen and him.

And I knew, that even if he didn't say it,

that it was true.

He knew it then.

No one else did.

You may be thought you did.

But I knew you didn't.

And it makes me furious when you

tell me I didn't know about Helen.

She was my best friend.

She even told me about that time

she drank gin with you.

So may be now you believe me.

After that

I got sick of the beach.

Harry turned on all of the burners

on the stove before we left the cabin.

He said he wanted to set fire

to the whole row.

It made me sick.

Everything was bad between us.

And that was it for me.

I never said one word to him

on the way back.

When he stopped and we saw

Joan at Jim's.

He bought some cigarettes and told

Joan that I was a flirt.

I don't flirt.

I never was a flirt.

I was not flirting with Jim.

I didn't flirt then

and I don't flirt now.

And you started this

that night Jim told me.

You have never understood Jim.

After the way you treated Helen,

it isn't a wonder that he feels

the way he does.

And you know it.

And you know, that even Paul isn't the same.

You have never understood Jim.

You had it all wrong, honey.

You.

And Joan.

Now you know what Paul

was really talking about.

By the way.

Where were you when Paul got home,

at three in the morning?

This isn't what I am telling you.

You weren't in the room when Jim said that.

And I was.

And he really did.

He told me, that everything was fine

between Helen and him.

And I knew, that even if he didn't say it,

that it was true.

He knew it then.

No one else did.

You may be thought you did.

But I knew you didn't.

And it makes me furious when you

tell me I didn't know about Helen.

She was my best friend.

She even told me about that time

she drank gin with you.

So now may be you believe me.

After that

I got sick of the beach.

Harry turned on all of the burners

on the stove before we left the cabin.

He said he wanted to set fire

to the whole row.

It made me sick.

Everything was bad between us.

And that was it for me.

I never said one word to him

on the way back.

When he stopped and we saw

Joan at Jim's.

He bought some cigarettes and told

Joan I was a flirt.

I don't flirt.

I never was a flirt.

I was not flirting with Jim.

I didn't flirt then

and I don't flirt now.

And you started this

that night Jim told me.

You have never understood Jim.

After the way you treated Helen,

it isn't a wonder that he feels

the way he does.

And you know it.

And you know, that even Paul isn't the same.

You have never understood Jim.

You had it all wrong, honey.

You and Joan.

Now you know what Paul

was really talking about.

By the way.

Where were you that night,

when Paul got home

at three in the morning?

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David Lynch

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor, and author. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style. The surreal and, in many cases, violent elements contained within his films have been known to "disturb, offend or mystify" audiences. more…

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