February 4th, 2012 / 3:11 am

So Ben Gazzara and Zalman King both just died on the same day? Ouch.


  1. A D Jameson
  2. O

      Ouch? Why, did they both drop dead and land on your feet?

  3. A D Jameson

      Yeah, exactly.

  4. Craig Ronald Marchinkoski
  5. Anonymous

      they were both ancient.  people die.

  6. A D Jameson

      Oh, thanks, I didn’t know. That clears things up.

  7. Anonymous

      Not really.  Unsure why ‘ouch’ was used.

  8. A D Jameson


  9. A D Jameson

      Which is maybe irrational but, hey, sadness is irrational.

  10. Anonymous

      It’s cool A D.  I wasn’t trying to be a dick.  Sadness is a personal thing.

      OUCH didn’t feel sad to me.  I misinterpreted the post.

  11. A D Jameson

      Oh, I didn’t take it that way! I’m half-kidding. And only half-sad.  :)

  12. A D Jameson

      And they really did fall on my feet. I was barefoot, having shed my red shoes to cavort in the wild orchids with other husbands on opening night. We’d just murdered my Asian bookie and I wanted another event to record in my diary.

      I bet my toes throb for like nine and a half weeks (two moons’ worth).

  13. A D Jameson

      Many thanks for this!

  14. O

      Zalman King was the Antonioni of 80s soft-core. He also taught my sister how to have an orgasm. 

  15. A D Jameson

      Adding, if you’re anywhere near Chicago, you should join me for my Husbands/Female Perversions double feature.

  16. A D Jameson

      I thought Antonioni was the Antonioni of 80s soft-core? Speaking of which, Identification of a Woman just got reissued, I believe…

      And I will have sharp words for anyone who disrespects Zalman King. Whose name essentially meant “King Solomon”—pretty wicked, huh?

  17. O

      When I was 16 the hardest sexual material I had access to was cable soft core. Zalman had good taste in women. I will give him that. The way he shot Sherilynn Fenn in Two Moon Junction made her look like a sex bomb. But then again, whoever shot The Wraith and Meridien made her look like a sex bomb, too, so maybe that has to do more with Sherilynn just being Sherilynn, but still, Zalman was able to create an erotic atmosphere, and not many directors are able to do that as well as he did, even though one could argue that creating an erotic atmosphere was really all he was good at. But it’s something. Which is better than nothing. Right now I’m working on nothing.

  18. A D Jameson

      The man had skills. I think there’s a tendency to undervalue eroticism. Which is odd, since so many people appreciate it. If only privately.

      I think it just shows how Puritanical the US still is. We’re reluctant to admit, “This turns me on.”

  19. deadgod

      I hadn’t thought of an other reading of the snippet–I thought, stingily:  do people really have so much trouble processing an expression of physical pain as a metaphor for emotional distress??

      –but Jereme’s (real) take is interesting.  People do say ‘ouch’ sardonically and even to express disapproval.

      Linguistic pragmatism:  Understanding is never commensurate with meaning, and is only ever more or less adequate.

  20. Greg Gerke

      Oh lord, two of the main cogs of Cassavetes in the last eight months. Godspeed to Gena and Seymour.