This 35mm film grew out of distinct periods in Simmons's photographic work. Vintage child-craft puppets enact the pain and regret that erupt between two feuding families. A female ventriloquist dummy sings about the failures of attachment and communication to her five dummy suitors. Walking objects (including a gun, house and pocket watch) dance their encumbered hearts out for the privilege of being noticed.

A mini-musical in three acts starring Meryl Streep, Adam Guettel and the Alvin Ailey II dancers.

The Music of Regret. 2006. USA.
35mm film (transferred to HD CAM). 40 min.
Directed by Laurie Simmons
Cinematography by Ed Lachman ASC
Music by Michael Rohatyn
Lyrics by Laurie Simmons
Produced by Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Donald Rosenfeld, Salon 94, and Performa 05 with RoseLee Goldberg.

For information about film editions, please contact Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn at Salon 94
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