Thursday, April 21, 2011

Show Me Your Teeth

I would like to make a film that was only two hours of looking at different people's mouths. The mouth is prepared for war. In so many ways. Not just in that Francis Bacon painting, primate warfare way. Even immunologically, your mouth is prepared for war. It fights AIDS and everything else off. But those teeth. In profile. When you are screaming. Or biting. Why do I think of Christian Bale's mouth first? Because he has such a frightening primate dentition. Or knows how to present it that way. I like mouths. I wouldn't want to be a dentist though. But to film like 200 random people...their mouths. That would be fun.


  1. Paul Dinello's ManservantApril 22, 2011 at 5:51 AM

    Speaking of mouths, check out this Norwegian band whose music video is basically a series of close-ups of the singer's mouth and surrounding stubble:

  2. I vill, as soon as I have access to my "realistic" puter, Craig.

    Speaking of Scandinaviana, I should have said Bjork's mouth is the first mouth to come to my mind.

    Because her videos are pretty oro-exhibitionistic.

    "Army of Me" is all about the mouth (video and song both).

    And that song with the refrain "doesn't scare me at all"....has Bjork putting her face under the surface of the Amazon and scaring away a school of pirhanas with her larger fangs lol.

    Pagan Poetry video also gets bigtime into mouth pearl play.

    Laurie Anderson would make her mouth glow with that device, and was it Leigh Bowery who first crafted a suit that was all blacked out body leotard with only mouth showing?

    Or does this go way back to some dadaist or surrealist?

    Probably inspired by an Australian aboriginal drawing or Neolithic Altamira/Lascaux thingie anyway.

    But a book on the imagery of the mouth through fashion/plastic arts/music/technology etc. could be interesting.

    I think if I had to pick which 20th century artist had the greatest visual INFLUENCE on OTHER artists/arts...I'd have to go with Francis Bacon.

    While Picasso was much more massive in their shared lifetimes, you don't see Picasso's influence barely anywhere, but you can see Francis Bacon's darker vision everywhere...from comics books to movies to pop rock.