Amazing Grace – Going Clubbing

Amos Guttman
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Guttman’s soft spot was not exclusive to great artists who have crashed, burned, and fallen from grace. His heart also went out to failed, would-be creators and aspiring stage performers; pathetic losers devoid of any and all self-awareness; bit players who will never get top billing – a little like Bar 51’s backup dancer whose career peaked when he appeared in a children’s live action special.

These artists aren’t always aware of their own lack of talent and as such, they never give up the ghost. This is the case with the bartender (Dov Navon) at the club Amazing Grace’s protagonist (Sharon Alexander) ends up in with his younger date (Gal Hoyberger). The exasperating bartender who does not possess a shred of self-awareness is badgering Thomas, telling him how “I’ve written some songs for Eurovision. I’ll probably end up performing them myself. Yes, I will. “

Guttman digs his catty claws even deeper into the cringeworthy lyricist by letting him further embarrass himself. “Urgh, it’s such a drag,” he complains to Thomas. “I’m missing the one word for the chorus that would work both in Hebrew and in Arabic, cos this song, yeah? You, Me and This Land, in case you haven’t noticed, is a bit political. For years, I resisted mixing politics and art, but you can’t ignore the state of things anymore, can you?” Thomas is simply unable to mask or stifle his sniggering, contemptuous laugh.