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The Contraption (1977)

A man toils at building an elaborate contraption. As he builds you begin to determine what exactly it is he is building. It is a mousetrap, only the mouse it would catch would have to be ... See full summary »

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A man toils at building an elaborate contraption. As he builds you begin to determine what exactly it is he is building. It is a mousetrap, only the mouse it would catch would have to be the same size as him. Perhaps that is the point. Written by <JamesAE@comcast.net>

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The Woman: [voiceover] Out of all the men in world, I ended up marrying a bloody mouse.
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mysterious little short
27 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

Happily, I was able to view this award-winning short online.

A man constructs a contraption while surrounded by pitch black darkness. A musical saw wavers out a tune on the soundtrack. Contrary to one description I've read, I did not see or hear his wife berating him while he was doing this. The end might come as a surprise, but probably not. The one line of dialog at the end suggests why the contraption might have been built, but for the most part we are left wondering who the characters were and what their lives were like and why it ended this way.

I wonder what Dearden's other short films are like?


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