Solitary Walk 2001
YOU CAN'T GO BACK
* with RaByn James (bass) & Bill Pohl (guitar)
One day I answered the phone and it was George Sluizer, the Dutch film maker who directed a movie called THE VANISHING. I played the lead in a movie of his in 1984 called RED DESERT PENITENTIARY. He was directing a movie based on a book, THE STONE RAFT by Jose Saramago, the Portugese writer who received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1989. They would be shooting in Spain and Portugal. There was a small part for an American. Would I be interested?
So I flew to Amsterdam and spent a couple of days putting around with Tim Krabbe, the writer of THE VANISHING, and RED DESERT PENTIENTIARY "helping" Ann Lorden, George's wife and producer, with her shopping, riding the ferries, walking the streets, snapping pictures, taking notes. Then Ann and I flew to Pamplona, Spain, where we rented a car and drove to Isabba, a little tourist town in the Pyrenees, 22 km down the mountain from the border with France.
It was hot and dry. The crew was a colorful mixture of French, Portugese, Spanish, and Dutch. No matter how hard the others tried to remember to speak English when I was present they would always veer off into something else. I never knew about their little late night singalongs at one of the local bars.
One day as I watched the old cart wheel the "body" of Pedro into an old rock-lined tunnel, I found the words that expressed how I was feeling... jmt