Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Free Association Game 2 - Alice Among the Vampires
The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, is pictured on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Carroll’s works included “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” and its sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.” “Alice In Wonderland" was made into a movie featuring Ringo Starr as the Mock Turtle. Lewis Carroll’s most famous poems were "The Hunting of the Snark," which was made into an concept album by Mike Batt and featured Julian Lennon plus some guitar work by George Harrison, and "Jabberwocky” which is said to have inspired the writings of John Lennon. I also believe that this is Lewis Carroll’s Alice, pictured on the sleeve of the Beatles single “The Ballad of John & Yoko.”
Iamaphoney has made several references to Carroll in his videos including this picture from an illustrated version of Alice’s Adventures.
That same book was being read by Sharon Tate in some home movie footage pictured here.
Iamaphoney’s contemporary aIIofthemwitches used some of this footage to make some frightening connections between the Sharon Tate murders, the Beatles, and the perpetrators of the crimes, that is, Charles Manson and his gang known as the Family. Tate’s husband, Roman Polanski, who was not at home when the murders occurred, managed to carry on his successful career as a movie director despite the loss of his wife and unborn baby. Before the murders, Polanski directed the movie Rosemary’s Baby, which starred Mia Farrow who went to India the same time as the Beatles to learn meditation under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was the inspiration for the Beatles Song Sexy Sadie. Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence, was in India with the Maharishi too and became the inspiration for the Beatles song Dear Prudence.
George Harrison, who was also with the Maharishi in India had just completed recording the soundtrack to the film “Wonderwall” which starred Jack MacGowran whose name was dropped in the a song known as “Winston, Richard and John” or "Promenade" from the Beatles bootleg album “Sweet Apple Trax.” He was the same Jack MacGowran who was the star of “Dance of the Vampires” (also known as “The Fearless Vampire Killers”) along side Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, who also served as the Director. Iain Quarrier, who only did about five movies in his life also appeared in both “Wonderwall” and “Dance of the Vampires.” George Harrison didn’t appear in “Wonderwall” but he did appear with the rest of the Beatles in “Help” along with Alfie Bass who played the doorman in “Help” and the Inn-Keeper in “Dance of the Vampires.” Another actor, Andreas Malandrinos, had small parts in both “Dance of the Vampires” and “Help.” The Beatles were supposed to do another movie right after “Help” called “Up Against It” written by Joe Orton who is not the same person as David Orton, the production coordinator of “Dance of the Vampires,” which featured the beautiful Fiona Lewis as Magda the Maid, who definitely was the same person who played Marie d'Agoult in the movie “Lisztomania” which starred Beatles drummer Ringo Starr as the Pope. Another actor from “Dance of the Vampires,” Otto Diamant, was also in the movie “Lisztomania” with Ringo Starr. Ringo did not portray the Pope in the Beatles film “Magical Mystery Tour” but he did play a drummer who had an Aunt named Jesse, portrayed by the rotund actress Jesse Robins who also happened to play Rebecca Shagal in “Dance of the Vampires.”
Ringo also starred with Peter Sellers in the movie “The Magic Christian” with an actor named Ferdy Mayne who worked with Peter Sellers in “Revenge of the Pink Panther” after he was in an episode of the British television series Zoo Gang, for which Paul McCartney wrote the theme song, but that was after Ferdy portrayed Count von Krolock in “Dance of the Vampires” but nearer to the time that Ringo Starr played Merlin in the vampire movie Son of Dracula. But before all of that, Ringo Starr was in a movie called “Candy” which featured the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, who was NOT in “Dance of the Vampires;” however another former boxer named Terry Downes who defeated Sugar Ray Robinson in a boxing match played the part of Koukol, the Servant in “Dance of the Vampires.” The part of the village idiot in “Dance of the Vampires” was played by Ronald Lacey, who along with Jack MacGowran must have just finished playing their parts in the John Lennon film “How I Won the War” which was being filmed when Paul McCartney was writing the theme to the movie “The Family Way” which was not as catchy as the theme McCartney wrote for “The Magic Christian” which featured a cameo by Patrick Cargill, who played the Superintendent in “Help,” and Roman Polanski, who although he had a small part in “The Magic Christian” was not in the scene where the word “Pig” was printed in red on a TV screen (shown in the partial screen capture below) which is a good thing since it certainly reminds one that the word “Pig” was written in blood on the front door of his house the same year that “The Magic Christian” was released.
Magic Christian Partial Screen Capture
Polanski/Tate Residence front door
The Ringo Starr movie “The Magic Christian” which had several references to pigs was based on a novel written by the same author who wrote the novel Candy which was also made into a movie starring Ringo Starr. That author, of course, was Terry Southern, who like Lewis Carroll appeared on the Cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The final affair of Roman Polanski's murdered wife Sharon Tate