Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Mysterious Stranger

That ONN video today about a “mysterious traveler” reminded me of the Mark Twain story about a Mysterious Stranger and this really bizarre and creepy and disturbing claymation adaptation of it by Will Vinton so…

I guess that was the third version or "No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger, returns to Middle Age Austria and tells of No. 44's mysterious appearance at the door of a print shop and his use of heavenly powers to expose the futility of mankind's existence. This version also introduces an idea Twain was toying with at the end of his life involving a duality of the "self", one being the "Waking Self" and the other being the "Dream Self". Twain explores these ideas through the use of "Duplicates", copies of the print shop workers made by No. 44. This version contains an actual ending, however the version is not considered as complete as Twain would have intended."

Yeah hopefully he would've made one that made me less terrified and happier with humanity.

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