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Titular: In a Sentence. Tachycardia: In a Sentence. Double Jeopardy: In a Sentence. Frank Zito is a schizophrenic young man who has taken over his family's mannequin restoration business after the recent death of his mother. Frank was traumatized as a child by his mother, a prostitute who made him watch her have sex with her johns. As an adult, Maniac - Various - Floccinaucinihilipilification - A Cumbersome Records Sampler #2 (CD), he murders and scalps women and attaches their hair onto his mannequins to recreate his one happy childhood memory: brushing his mother's hair before she "went out" at night.
Frank joins a dating sitewhere he gets a date with a woman named Lucie. The two go out to dinner and return to Lucie's apartment, where she attempts to seduce the virginal Frank, mistaking his increasing panic for nervousness. Frank strangles Lucie, scalps her and takes her hair back to his apartment, where he attaches it to another mannequin. One morning, Frank awakens to find a photographer named Anna taking photos of the mannequins in his storefront. Frank invites her into his store, where she is taken with his work restoring antique department store mannequins.
The two develop a friendship, with Frank agreeing to help Anna put together an art exhibit using his mannequins. Frank falls in love with her and starts taking medication to control his violent urges. Frank nevertheless kills again, stabbing a young dancer to death and attaching her scalp to another mannequin. At the opening of the exhibit, Frank meets Anna's boyfriend Jason, as well as art director and Anna's mentor Rita.
Both mock him for his interest in mannequins, questioning his sexual orientation. Frank later follows Rita home, subdues her in the bathtub and hog-ties her on her bed. Identifying Rita with his mother, Frank voices his resentment and sense of abandonment, finally scalping Rita alive in a fit of rage. The next day, Frank calls Anna, who tearfully tells him of Rita's murder and of her recent breakup with Jason. Frank comes to Anna's apartment to comfort her but inadvertently reveals his guilt by mentioning things that only the killer would know.
Realizing that Frank is the killer, Anna stabs Frank through the hand with a knife before locking herself in her bedroom. Anna's neighbor, Martin, breaks into the apartment to save her, only for Frank to kill him with a meat cleaver. Breaking down Anna's bathroom door, Frank puts her into a choke hold and knocks her unconscious. Frank loads Anna's body into his van and drives home, but as he opens the doors Anna regains consciousness and stabs him in the stomach with a piece of rebar attached to a mannequin hand.
Bloodied, Frank hobbles to the mortally injured Anna and scalps her as she dies. Frank returns to his apartment, attaching Anna's hair to a mannequin dressed in a bridal gown. As he succumbs to his injuries, Frank suffers hallucinations of the mannequins transforming into his victims and begin to tear his body apart, finally ripping off his face to reveal a mannequin head. Before he dies, Frank sees Anna, clad in a wedding dress, lower her veil and turn her back on him.
Later that day, a SWAT team breaks into Frank's apartment, only to Maniac - Various - Floccinaucinihilipilification - A Cumbersome Records Sampler #2 (CD) Frank's corpse in his closet, alongside his collection of scalps. Nearly the entire film is shot from the murderer's point of viewwith his face being shown only in reflections and occasionally in the third person.
This "proved to be challenging on both a narrative and technical level for the filmmakers and Maniac - Various - Floccinaucinihilipilification - A Cumbersome Records Sampler #2 (CD). Wood told an interviewer, "It's the most intriguing element of the film. It meant I could create this character in a completely different way. It became about hearing him and feeling him rather than seeing him. And you only see him in flashes, so they become very intense character revealing moments.
I've never played someone so dark before. It was interesting to go there. None of us had ever made a Maniac - Various - Floccinaucinihilipilification - A Cumbersome Records Sampler #2 (CD) [point-of-view] film before. There was this whole element of the character that was basically the camera.
I've never worked so closely with a DP [director of photography] before. I would be behind him the whole time, tapping on his shoulder to make him move faster or slower.
It was a totally fascinating way to work. Director Khalfoun told an interviewer, "He has this good guy sort of package. Usually an actor's baggage can hurt your character, but he really is just this good guy sort of persona so I couldn't wait to turn him into a horrible beast. I think for his fans it's shocking too, and it adds to the shock value of the film.
I wanted the audience to feel trapped in his body. The cinema plays a big part in that concept since you are stuck in your seat forced to experience the events with little control over the outcome. Much like Frank is stuck in his body. You are therefore at the same time complicit and repulsed. Therein lies the horror. Maxime was effectively the character as well as me, and the rest of Frank had to be created locally through his inner monologue, which I recorded on an audio stage afterwards We approached the point-of-view thing with a certain naivety.
At first, we thought we'd use a body double. We quickly discovered Maniac - Various - Floccinaucinihilipilification - A Cumbersome Records Sampler #2 (CD) didn't work. So I was there the whole time, dancing around behind the camera, leaning forward to put my hand in the frame. Every sequence was a learning process. Mar 14 '12 at I hope it didn't go all over the card. Gnawme Gnawme I think it would be wrong to flocci-pauci-nihili-pilificate the humourous possibilities of using the word. Then of course, it used to serve a useful purpose in preventing some other word from being the longest word in the Concise Oxford.
Can 'floccinaucinihilipilification' still be considered a real word? Use, not mention. Jan 17 '13 at Etymonline has also an entry for it: "action or habit of estimating as worthless,"a combination of four Latin words flocci, nauci, nihili, pilifi all signifying "at a small price" or "for nothing," which were listed together Maniac - Various - Floccinaucinihilipilification - A Cumbersome Records Sampler #2 (CD) a rule of the well-known Eton Latin Grammar.
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