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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

'Closed Set' is Scandalously Fun, Racy and Classy (Oh My)!

A model stops and smiles (is he day-dreaming of stardom?) after steping out of the closed set. I wonder what went on inside?!
" 'Closed Set'...starting the A&F Studio Repertory Company...with music by Johann Sebastian Bach's son, Christian... "

The newest short film for A&F Screen Test is titled 'Closed Set' and, as the title to this post suggests, is filled with cheeky visuals enough to have you grinning cheek-to-cheek. A complete classic in my opinion, 'Closed Set' runs with a perfect balance of raciness and class. The smiles, facial expressions and body language of the cast lighten the mood with a heighten sense of amusement and unadulterated pleasure. Overall the feel is very bubbly, running smoothly to the classical music of "the London Bach" Johann Christian Bach (1735 – 1782), son of the great baroque composer (and not to be confused with) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750).

Opening up, we glimpse two neo-classical statues poised as if awaiting for the show to begin, fixed stares upon the entrance to closed set. A stark-naked male gives kisses of greetings to men and women who come "with a glint of hope and an open eye..." The cast ventures into the closed set with mixed feelings: one girl prays, another boy signals for luck, while others simply walk in casually with a smile (and remove clothing here and there); and soon the door is closed... Time goes by inside: who knows what in the world went on inside? Then with a swift opening of the door, out come the models, one-by-one...pure, liberated, aspirational spirits. Running out scantly-clad or beautifully nude, they are carefree and enjoying it. But running why? For what? To a paradise where dreamers become stars, perphaps? In the final act, a nude model bows down with the grace of a triumphant actor as if to say, "Ladies and gentlemen, we hope you enjoyed our wonderful presentation, a celebration of fun and youth." Yes, naked actor, I completely relished every second of it...