Bourbon, Beats, and Basslines

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“Bourbon, Beats, and Basslines”
From the film The Man With The Missing Brain (1982)
Directed by Cosmo D. Deakins


If the Technoir craze produced any auteurs of note, Brooklyn native Cosmo D. Deakins comes closest to claiming the title. Well-known for his marathon film shoots and mercurial temper, Deakins was notorious for taking any film job offered him, so long as it paid the rent and bought his gin. Consequently, between 1976 and 1985 he directed an astounding 18 feature films and almost three-dozen commercials and promotional trailers – a figure that includes four films that fall squarely into Technoir ’s bosom.

“The Man With The Missing Brain” is Deakin’s at his most assured – a surreal thriller that depicts a charismatic scientist’s slow but deliberate descent into madness as he systemically collects then assimilates the memories of dozens of test subjects, in an attempt to achieve a pure and perfect intellect. Gradually, however, the thin line between his identity and the identities of the dozens of men and women who volunteered their lives to him begins to fray … madness ensues, but not before he catches one fleeting glimpse of enlightenment … or so he is led to believe. Featuring breakout performances by real-life couple Freddie and Jenny Ciccone, “Missing Brain” represents a high-water mark, both for Deakin’s career and Technoir in general.

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from Technoir Classics, released October 1, 2012

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Autographic is Darby McDevitt. Sometimes other friends join in too. Darby was born in Spokane, educated in Bellingham and Dublin, and sharpened in Seattle. He now lives in Montreal where he is a Lead Writer for the Assassin's Creed series. Merci à tout le monde! ... more

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