Heaven’s Gate Minute by Minute: 101 of 229

28 Sep

101 of 229

“You asked me once, what was in Room 101,” recalls O’Brien in 1984. “I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.”

If you were a lover of shoot ‘em up Westerns, your torture may be to be strapped into a chair and forced to watch Heaven’s Gate with your eyes pried open like Alex in A Clockwork Orange.

While on the subject of conditioning, I can’t concentrate. I feel as though I’m having a Pavlovian response to the ticking clock in Ella’s room because I keep expecting 60 Minutes to begin. Nathan is trying to convince Ella to quit the brothel game so they can run away together, but I swear he also said, “Stay tuned, after the break – George Negus from the Brazilian mining town of Serra Pelada.” Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock…

Note to American readers: In Australia we too have 60 Minutes. If you’ve never heard of George Negus, please insert your own locally relevant 60 Minutes reference. Or alternatively, check out the work of George Negus. He’s great. George stays in the hotel room, while his powerful moustache carries out the reporting.


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