The Manipulator AKA B.J. Presents
Mickey Rooney, Luana Anders and Keenan Wynn
REGION CODE: 0
Region All / Free DVD-R (playable worldwide)
Mickey Rooney gives a tour de force performance in this trippy horror film. It tells the story of aging filmmaker B.J. Lang and his captive Carlotta who he forces to play Roxanne to his Cyrano in scenes from the Rostand play. The Manipulator looks at the processes of art in abstraction, removed from their connection to the creation of a cohesive work, and treats them as means of psyche infection, a force that has entirely infested poor B.J. Lang, breaking down all the structures that hold him together. In his shadowy and cobwebbed studio he acts the role of director, talks to mannequins as his crew, adopts their voices to talk to himself, plays Cyrano, plays actor, even self aware mad old man.