Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Fascinating Moment from "The Jinx"

This is not the usual topic of The Gruntled Center, but I did want to commend the documentary "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst."  The series, which ran earlier this year, shows interviews with rich oddball Durst after he was suspected in several murders, and tried for one.

The series famously ended with a scene of Durst, confronted with very damning evidence, denying culpability on camera.  He then went into the adjacent bathroom, with his microphone still live. He has a conversation with himself in which he seem to be admitting that the jig is up.

What struck me most about that conversation was that he sounded like Gollum.  Late in "The Lord of the Rings," the tormented Smeagol/Gollum has a conversation with himself between what increasingly seem like two distinct personalities.  Durst did not sound like that, but he did seem to have some part of his "presentation of self" that was being conducted by a personality that stood at a cold remove from the face he normally presented to the world.

Really fascinating.

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