|Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in Out of the Past (1947)|
|Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not (1944)|
A Night of Neo-Benshi is offered as a love letter to John Ashbery. He himself was a great fan of Mad Movies with the L.A. Connection, a TV show in which the comedy troupe spoofed classic films by overdubbing new dialogue. In his early years, he loved such 1930s and '40s radio shows as Vic and Sade, which featured fast-paced linguistic fireworks. He quickly became fascinated with the magic of language. Experiencing Neo-Benshi provides a window into the kinds of inter-artistic dialogue and sense of play that pervades Ashbery's work.
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