Orson Welles in Malpertuis, A Film by Harry Kümel

Sat May 26, 2007

No, I haven’t seen it. But Welles, in 1971, clearly fit the part of the gastronome Abbe Doucedame, as those of you who’ve read Ray’s lurid tale will know. (The credits seem to imply that Welles played the part of Cassave, but I will not take the trouble to deny this calumny.)

Freud’s lamprey, a poltergeist in an old pond. That some Danes believed that flight could be attained by eating the hearts of seven or twelve fetuses cut from the womb. The third (morbus sacer) heaven. Wouldn’t these make for an interesting story?