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Drifting (short) – The Opening Number

Amos Guttman
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The theatrics, the art of impersonation, and performative “role-play” are all part and parcel of camp culture which Guttman would use extensively and successfully, time and again. Already at the start of Drifting (the original, short version), he included a scene in a gay dive bar that’s trying to glam itself up a bit, and at the centre of which is a cabaret act performed by an effeminate Boaz Turgeman who is seen prancing about to the tune of Kate Bush’s ‘Full House’ whilst flirting and fondling the punters. The same Turgeman later returns in the feature-length version of Drifting; this time, with an eighties-esque performance piece. Guttman famously included performance sequences in his films – from the striptease and the preppy singer performing a ridiculous song in Bar 51 to a number by singer and cabaret artist, Hamuchtar in Amazing Grace. When asked about it, Guttman remarked how, “in each of my films, I’ve always tried to show the sublime, operatic, and absurd side by side.”