Beautiful and yet Painful to Watch

How a Tell-Tale Compliment Became a T-Shirt Dare

My friend Dean Jackson recently watched “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” and sent me a message about his reaction to my short film. I don’t make a habit of repeating on this blog the compliments I’ve received from friends, but in this case Dean’s words led to an amusing little side thought, specifically a T-Shirt design that I dare anyone to wear.

Here’s the salient excerpt of Dean’s message:

“Danny, I finally watched your film. Your performance was mesmerizing and the cinematography was captivating. I loved your score and I am haunted by your film. I’m reminded of Luis Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou, beautiful and yet painful to watch.”

I thanked Dean for his generous praise. But the phrase that really struck me was “beautiful and yet painful to watch”. What a potent turn of phrase. I love it.

And now I can’t help but imagine it emblazoned on a T-Shirt.

I even went on Cafe Press to create a mock up of it:

I’m trying to imagine who would wear such a shirt in public.

Someone brutally narcissistic? Brave and ironic? Cosplayer?


(Not me!)

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 40 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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