You’ve probably heard the old legend attributed to a number of First Nation tribes about the chief who tells the young boy about the two dogs fighting within his heart, one that represents love and the other hate. That’s somewhat analogous to how I approach films like Death-Scort Service. I too have two dogs, and both of them have a love affair with cinema. One dog represents the erudite hipster who counts La Dolce Vita and Les Enfants Du Paradis among his favorite films. The other dog … well, he’s a bit more like Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf: primal, savage, a ravenous neo-consumer who lives in an unending midnight movie.
Keep that in mind when you read what happens next.
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The doctors have a name for it: confabulation. The filling in gaps in memory by unconstrained fabrication.
In the latter half of the 19th Century, there was this Russian psychiatrist named Sergei Sergeyevich Korsakov observed this behavior in chronic alcoholics. Most often, these patients resorted to imagination to compensate for irregular memory loss and impaired ability to acquire new information.
The phenomenon is called Korsakov's psychosis.
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