They'll never catch me, man. 'Cause I'm fuckin innocent.
The Creepers cut this time, which I hadn’t seen and now have seen. Okay so truncation doesn’t really hurt Argento’s looniest disconnected plot of the classic era in terms of conventional coherence. It does impact the violence set pieces and general sustained dream state ambiance though, and that’s what we’re here for. It isn’t a question of whether there is any narrative fat on this or any other Argento, because there are always self-contained dead ends (school doctors giving Jennifer…
Conventional Wisdom has it that there's little to see here but "Get Happy", which, shout hallelujah, is in itself a hell of a Thing to See anyway, even if it was patched in three months after principle photography and found its famous costume among Minnelli's cast-offs. There's also a silent Gene Kelly partnered with a squeaky floorboard and discarded newspaper, gliding and hopping and inventing 100 rhythmic gags to a sweet instrumental reprise of "You, Wonderful You" like he's a…
BEYOND THERAPY is very terrible as everyone knows, which we don't need to get into but basically it's just not actually funny despite frantically making shadow puppet representations of the theoretical idea of being funny. It does not sit comfortably with the other Altman theatrical adaptations of the period, et cetera and so-forth.
BUT it has one bizarre distinction that I don't want to forget. So SPOILER which in no way spoils anything. BEYOND THERAPY has to be the only…