World's most surreal live-action 'Mary Worth' adaptation

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Make that, the only live-action Mary Worth adaptation. Famously awkward and slow-moving Worth, for those of you who've been living in a cave, is one of America's longest-running comic strips. Started in 1942, it chronicles the life and times of Mary, the strip's titular advice-dispensing adventure magnet, a 60-something, affluent widow of a Wall Street power player who's retired to a suburban California apartment complex. If that sounds strange, it most certainly kind of is. Stranger yet is this downright David Lynchian adaptation of a month's worth of Worth from 1988, which adheres strictly to all the original "camera angles" used in the strip. The inexplicable howling wind sound effect in the background is merely the icing on this profoundly weird cake.

February 23, 2007 - 4:07am
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