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Elephant Parts (1981)

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Commentary 1: Actor Michael Nesmith Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
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Here's a unique opportunity to hear Nesmith - the most innovative member of that "other band" he used to be in - talking uninterrupted about his work for an hour. He and friend William Dear, who were interested in the developments in video technology, came up with this KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE style collection of TV spoofs, movie parodies, gag commercials and other nonsense, all interspersed with MTV-style music videos before there was an MTV. Nesmith speaks mainly about where they filmed various segments, who was involved, and how they made the whole thing with practically no budget ("Film students take note!" he says as pointing out various shortcuts and cheats) but still managed to bring in a good-looking professional piece of work. Nesmith is always an aimiable listen - his voice/persona hasn't changed since his early days and it's hard not to picture him dressed in that woollen hat while he's chatting into the microphone. As ELEPHANT PARTS is only an hour long, its viewing experience can easily be doubled by listening to the commentary back-to-back.