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Matinee: 'Crazy Carl' Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

1 April 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 181st in our series of Saturday matinees today: Crazy Carl.

We take our responsibilities seriously around here. So we labored late into the night trying to find a video appropriate to April Fool's Day.

The description for this 12-minute mini movie simply says, "An old man convinces a student that imagination is the secret to a wonderful life." That seemed like just the ticket.

Old men are incapable of convincing anyone of anything. And students already enjoy a wonderful life. Just ask around if you don't believe us.

We would leave it there, saving you a couple of minutes at least, but that might be construed as a failure of imagination.

So indulge us as we tell you a few things about the film that may inadvertently save you from distraction as you watch it.

  • It was filmed on location in Saginaw, Mich., in the historic Hoyt Library.
  • Both Taco Bob's and Brown University are mentioned in the credits. Taco Bob's is credited as the Executive Producer, in fact. Brown, apparently, did not object to the implications.
  • Kyle Misak wrote the thing. And Gregory de Lulio is responsible for the haunting music.
  • It stars Creed Bratton as Crazy Carl and Jesse Charles as the student. You will identify with one or the other. Or maybe the librarian, played by Jan Cartwright.

We were led to wonder, as we watched the movie, just how rare imagination is. After all, the world is full of con artists, children who specialize in fabrication, adults who live in alternate realities. Maybe there's too much imagination.

And yet, when you brush your teeth or prepare a meal, just how imaginative are you being? Same old, same old? How about that wardrobe of merely historical interest? When's the last time you expressed your creativity by ironing a shirt? Or had the imagination to tuck it in?

Knowledge is often embarrassed by imagination. What you know is often not much help solving a problem. Of course, the less you know, the more likely it is you aren't going to solve anything to begin with.

We'd hate to be without either. They keep us company here at the bunker and often let us win at solitaire.

If you can imagine that.

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