Francophrenia, as we have previously reported is set to return, but this time not as an art-show, or a part of the plot on the ABC daytime drama, General Hospital but in the debut of the long-awaited James Franco film, Francophrenia (Or; Don’t Kill Me, I know Where the Baby is) debuting soon at The Tribeca Film Festival!
In this review and report from downtownexpress.com, we learn more as to what is included in the film and explanation of Francos’ original ulterior motives to do GH ! ” On the day of the MOCA shoot, James showed up on set with his own film team in tow. They followed him closely, compiling no less than 40 hours worth of behind-the-scenes footage. Franco later hired award-winning filmmaker and editor Ian Olds and screenwriter Paul Felten to sift through the material and come up with their own storyline. In collaboration with Franco, who allowed them total freedom (and, as Olds stated, “never once intervened to defend his celebrity”), they transformed the documentary footage into an avant-garde psychological study.
By first intersecting and finally deeply entangling multiple realities, “Francophrenia” investigates notions of illusion and delusions that can manifest through fame. From the start, the viewer follows Franco’s usual routine. He arrives on set, gets prepared by makeup artists, signs autographs for fans, waits around for his scene and finally acts out his part according to the director’s demands. By adding a subjective internal monologue (spoken by Olds playing the voice of Franco), the film tricks us into believing that we have access to Franco’s most intimate thoughts.
The plot becomes more complicated as the actual shoot of the soap’s episode progresses. Franco the actor slowly turns into the fictitious character he is supposed to play for General Hospital — an artist and manic killer also called Franco. His thoughts increasingly switch between those of an actor (who finds himself on a strange film set as if abruptly woken from a dream) to those of an aggressive killer seeking revenge. As a result, the soap’s over-dramatized storyline involving kidnapping and murder becomes more and more reflected in the dubbed documentary footage. In the end, both worlds seem equally irrational and absurd. Rather than bathing in his celebrity, Franco has chosen to explore its inherent irrationality in various art projects. In this particular film, he does so with a sense of humor that still allows for a dark undercurrent.”
So what do you think of the concept now? Let us know and then watch some below clips from the now infamous Francophrenia episode at MOCA!