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Ken McMullen, Zina

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In Ken McMullen’s Ghostdance, 1983, Leonie Mellinger and the late Pascal Ogier wandered around aimlessly but gorgeously, searching for ghosts and hearing voices. One of the voices they heard and heeded was that of Jacques Derrida, philosopher of international renown. In McMullen’s Zina, 1985, we once again watch a ravishingly beautiful woman wander around, entranced by the real and hallucinated voice of another bastion of greatness, her daddy Leon Trotsky (played by Philip Madoc). Zina Bronstein (Domiziana Giordano) is in a bad state, alternately blurting and pouting, blond tendrils framing her stunning anguished face, looking a bit like an escapee from a Deborah Turbeville photo. When another authoritative male voice, that of her psychoanalyst, Dr. Kronfeld (Ian McKellen), suggests that she should get a hold of herself, she despairingly replies, "Get a hold of what? I’m selfless . . .

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