Fugitive Pieces


"To live with ghosts requires solitude"

As a boy in Poland, Jakob watched his parents killed and his sister abducted by Nazis. He hid behind some wallpaper, then later fled into the forest and buried himself, where he had the good fortune to be found by a kindly Greek archeologist, who snuck him back to Greece at great risk to himself.

"If not for you, he would be dead," the professor is told back in Greece.

"If not for him, I would be dead," he responds. As it turns out, if the professor had not taken time away from his expedition to save the boy, he would have been murdered or sent to a concentration camp, as his colleagues soon were. "We saved each other."

Thus begins the story of Jakob, who lived to adulthood in Canada but could never seem to overcome his childhood trauma. The very presence of his lively first wife torments him, not by malice, for she is a good woman, but simply by being filled with the joy and vitality Jakob can never experience. She, on the other hand, gradually becomes more and more irritated by his obsession with the Holocaust, and eventually abandons him to the solitude he requires to commune with his ghosts.

At this point the book and the film run in perfect synch. Make a note of that. I'll return to that point in a while. The book and the film are about to diverge, and that separation creates an important point. As the book tells it, Jakob finds a second wife, moves back to Greece, starts to overcome his emotional repression, and approaches a happiness which is cut short ironically. The story is then taken up elsewhere, following a new protagonist, Ben, a child of Holocaust survivors and Jakob's protege in Canada, now a professor who is obsessed with his former mentor. At then end of the novel, Ben travels to Greece to retrieve Jacob's diaries, and there becomes deeply immersed in his mentor's history.

You can well imagine that this would be difficult to capture on film. The disappearance of the protagonist halfway into the film would be problematic enough, but the adaptation problems are more complicated than that, divided into two categories:

First, there are ongoing themes and metaphors which are difficult to convey in pictures. Jakob is obsessed with his own past. Ben is obsessed with Jakob's past. The kindly archeologist, given his profession, is obsessed with the past in general, and his work is used to explore the intrinsic nature of the changes produced by time, which is in turn used to echo and to give greater depth and universality to the book's personal stories.

Second, the source of this film is the first novel written by a poet. It relies heavily on the power of language to deliver its message. It is the kind of prose-poetry which is meant to be read aloud by actors like Richard Harris, who can milk every drop of emotional resonance from it.

It was nearly impossible to leap over all of those hurdles to produce a fluid film. The screenplay did succeed to some extent. While the metaphorical layers of of the story had to be abandoned in the interest of pacing, the film does incorporate some of that heartbreakingly beautiful prose into narrative. But a film cannot be a 90-minute oral recitation. It must tell some kind of story. Up to the point I bookmarked above, the film followed the book's plot perfectly and completely, and to the extent that it covers that portion of the story, Fugitive Pieces is a profoundly moving film backed by a score of unearthly melancholy.

Perhaps it should have stopped right there. I found the film's conclusion to be adrift somewhere, requiring an anchor, just stopping at a point which seems completely arbitrary, leaving the fates of all the characters hanging, and dripping with pretentiousness. Maybe the book was just an impossible one to adapt, but this film came very close to pulling it off, then didn't quite know how to close the sale.

Some subtle nudity from

Rosamund Pike, as Jakob's first wife. Sample below.

Ayelet Zurer, as wife #2. Sample below.

Note: I did not do the caps and clips above.

I had already retrieved them from the web before I watched the film.



True Blood

Episode 7


This show is quickly becoming 2008's cultural landmark for those of us who love celebrity nudity and have suffered through a dry year. Anna Paquin's sex scene continued (mostly a repetition of last week's action), and the nudity level was raised a notch by another sex scene featuring red-hot Lizzy Kaplan. (Very beautiful body.)

Once again, these are web finds, not my original work:

Anna Paquin film clip in typical definition

Lizzy Caplan in high definition. (If you download one clip this week, this is the one.)

Paquin captures

Caplan captures



  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.








The Nightstalker


Here is clip from a disk entitled "Girls of Penthouse 2." This segment bore the title "The Nightstalker". Started out creepy with a guy in a trench coat following a hottie through some back alleys. He catches her, grabs her and just as she is about to panic she recognizes him as her very own boyfriend. Trick or treat. She starts off pissed off but turns all chummy and humps him right there, in the alley, on some garbage cans. Okie dokie, this is a whole new twist on the concept of messy sex. The gal is Sonja McDaniel, Pet of the Month for May, 1994. She also starred in an episode of some interchangeable Skinemax softcore series. Too bad that was it because, by the look of things, she could act. I cut all the chase scene and, in doing so, cut to the chase. You see the sport-humping which is a whole lot more fun than watching some scared beauty run for her life.








Another double feature today.

Something Wild


Melanie Griffith shows off the boobs and butt in these caps and a clip.



Until September


Then cute Karen Allen Gives up her tits in these caps and a clip.

Scoop's note: this film was directed by Richard Marquand, the same guy who did Return of the Jedi and Eye of the Needle. So how come he never became the shiznit? He ran square up into a little thing I like to call "death." Tough obstacle to clear. Within five years after the release of Jedi, Marquand died of a stroke, while still in his forties.








Dangerous Beauty


Very entertaining movie. McCormack was sexy and looked the best she has ever looked.

Film clips here. Collages below.







Two women from Songs of Love in Lola's Club: Andrea Gara and Flora Martinez.

Samples below, Gara left.

Two women from Death of a Ghost Hunter: April Hinojosa and Lindsay Page

Samples below, Hinojosa left.

Michelle Markarian in Manje. Sample below







This section will present Defoe's film clips to accompany Charlie's collages, which are found on his own site.

Today's features: Charlottes

Charlotte Bequin in Cinq Soeurs

Charlotte Desert in Entre deux Avions

Charlotte Very in Lorfou






Notes and collages

Circuitry Man II


Deborah Shelton

Scoop's note: I have ragged on Shelton over the years for fudging her birthdate from 1948 to 1952, thus challenging Mimi Rogers for the lifetime age-bullshitting record. (Shelton graduated from high school in 1966, so would have graduated at 13 years, 8 months with the 1952 birthdate.) I just noticed that both Wikipedia and IMDb have now corrected her birthdate to November, 1948, which seems to be correct. Mimi, on the other hand, is still claiming to have graduated from high school at 14.

The upshoot of all that is that Deborah was 45 when she made Circuitry Man II (above), and you'll have to admit she was preserved very well. Nobody would have doubted her claim to be four years younger.







Victoria Ricci as Sarah Palin in some porno thingy

An ever-so-slight "nip slip" from Mena Suvari

Film Clips

Andrea Sawatzki in Harte Jungs

Two women from Candy Stripers: Deanna Brooks and Serria Tawan

Two women from Sharpe's Challenge: Lucy Brown and Padma Lakshmi

Giudetta del Vecchio in Snack Bar Budapest

Olivia Hussey in Tortilla Heaven. Yes, this is THE Olivia Hussey from Romeo and Juliet, seen here some forty years later.

Birgit Minichmayr in Spiele Leben, from Jack Snow. Captures below