PIERROT IN TURQUOISE OR THE LOOKING GLASS MURDERS

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Subjects:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Emotions, attitudes and behaviour
  • Media, communication and the creative industries

Genres:

  • Television arts
  • Television entertainment

Decade:

  • 1970s

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Title: PIERROT IN TURQUOISE OR THE LOOKING GLASS MURDERS

Reference number: T0164

Date: 1970c

Director: d. Brian Mahoney

Production company: Scottish Television

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 27.20 mins

Description: A story in mime of Pierrot's love for Columbine, how she spurns him for Harlequin and Pierrot's subsequent revenge. Stars David Bowie.

Credits: A Pantomime devised by Lindsay Kemp.
Dolls loaned by the Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh
designer Ken Wheatley
Cloud David Bowie
Harlequin Jack Birkett
Piano Player Michael Garrett
Pierrot Lindsay Kemp
Columbine Annie Stainer

Shotlist: Credits (0.48); C/u Pierrot's ecstatic/weeping face, intercut with photographs of the cast in rehearsal (4.43) Pierrot applies makeup at a dressing table, Columbine appears to him in a mirror, Pierrot follows her through the glass and kisses her (8.10) Harlequin knits on a bed, rises and passes through the mirror (9.17) Pierrot embraces Columbine, Harlequin enters to find them amongst nude shop mannequins, Bowie sings of Harlequin "on a downer" (11.00) Columbine finds Harlequin amongst the mannequins and kisses him; Harlequin follows Columbine (12.08) Columbine and Harlequin dance, intercut with etched images of Victorian audiences (13.24) neg image Bowie superimposed over image of etching, Harlequin and Columbine run from the stage (12.53) Harlequin and Columbine embrace (14.53) Brief shot of two clown automatons (15.01) Pierrot re-enters by the mirror, Bowie singing; Columbine and Harlequin enter and climb into bed together; Pierrot weeps (17.23) Columbine dances, [an effect has been used to reduce the resolution of the image, and render it a golden colour] (18.28) Pierrot picks up a flower (19.06) Columbine rises and passes him (20.06) Pierrot and Columbine appear on a stage, Pierrot's flower is dropped for Harlequins bouquet, Pierrot puts out Harlequins eye (22.30) Harlequin chases Columbine and murders her (23.40) Bowie dressed as a clown, sings (25.10); End credits (27.20)