Bruce Hainley


1 Trent Harris, The Beaver Trilogy Duchamp proffered the infra-mince as a way of describing the imperceptible differences between identical things or concepts, but I don’t think he ever tried representing the idea. In Trent Harris’s Beaver Trilogy, Beaver, Utah, native Richard Griffith (aka Groovin’ Gary) does his “pantomime” of Olivia Newton-John’s “Please Don’t Keep Me Waiting” as the culmination of his selfproclaimed Beaver High School talent show. Then Sean Penn interprets the Beaver Kid doing Olivia, and Crispin Glover does Sean doing the Beaver Kid doing Olivia. The flm gives new resonance to the expression “laugh until you cry.” Tracing the blurring concepts of “being,” “impersonation,” and “acting” (in life or more formally on stage), the movie explores fandom as the fundament of fame. Harris provides a Warholian stare at the stupefying trauma of the posited masculine

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