Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Case Study No. 1504: Unnamed Female Librarian (Clean, Shaven)

Clean, Shaven (1994) Clip
In this scene, the main character, Peter, experiences auditory and (possibly) visual hallucinations as he looks through books in a library.
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[scene opens at the public library, where Peter is running his fingers along one of the bookshelves and mumbling to himself]
[cut to Peter's hallucination, where he sees himself driving his car down the street]
[cut back to the libraray, where he begins banging his head against the books on the shelf, disturbing nearby patrons with the noise]
[cut to Peter's old home, where his mother is looking through old photos with Detective Jack McNally]
MRS. WINTER: This is when he was a baby. Just slept in his crib all day. We could go about our work. This is right after we moved to Miscou. He wasn't allowed to have a dog of his own, so we went down the road to Mister Miller's, played with his dog. Think his name was Dash. Spent all day long with that dog. Dog died. We said he could have a pet of his own, but he wasn't interested after that. He finished the top five percent of his class, then he went to Bathers to college the next year. Study science, but he dropped out right at the beginning. We didn't know, he didn't wanna be with us. So he ended up on a boat off of Gas Bay. I think he was having difficulties.
[cut back to the library, where Peter is sitting at a table and looking at pictures of children (all the while hearing the sounds of little kids laughing and crying in his head)]
[cut to a closeup of Peter, as he stops and points his finger at one sad little boy with the caption "You look so all alone"]
[cut back to Peter's mother and Detective McNally, still looking through old photographs]
MRS. WINTER: Here he is when he thought he'd gained too much weight. Needed to go on a diet. He lost twenty pounds in under a month, and he went from looking like this to looking like this. Not a healthy look. Just didn't look like him. He gained a little of the weight back, but not enough. He doesn't look like himself. My husband made all these pictures. He was a good man. He took care of his family.
JACK: Do you have any idea where your son might have gone?
MRS. WINTER: He came to see his daughter, and when she didn't show up, he left.
JACK: Why did you put Nicole up for adoption?
MRS. WINTER: Do you know what it's like to see your son deteriorate? When he was growing up, he was a quiet boy, but he was happy. Now, all of a sudden, he changed. I won't have that same thing happen to her.
[cut back to Peter (still sitting at the desk and hearing the sounds of children with his head buried in his hands), when the female librarian approaches]
LIBRARIAN: The library is closed.
[a closeup of the clock is shown, reading five o'clock]
LIBRARIAN: The library is closed, you'll have to leave.
[Peter shows no reaction]



June Kelly, a strawberry blonde (full bang; side and top pulled into ponytail at crown; back hangs loose), appears as a librarian in "Clean, Shaven," a 1994 film focusing on the ordeals of a schizophrenic young man named Peter Winter (Peter Greene). When released from institutional care, Peter begins a search for his daughter who was given up for adoption during his institutionalization.

Peter visits a library several times, always looking at pictures of young children in an attempt to find a picture that matches a photo of his daughter. In Kelly's first scene as librarian, she informs Peter that it is closing time. When she arrives for work the next day, Peter is waiting in his car for the library to open. In a later scene, a police officer attempting to locate Peter interviews the librarian about him. She informs the officer that she was afraid of him, that he did not do anything to harm her, but that "he made me think that he was going to do something bad to me." She asks the officer, "So, are you going to protect us? Are you going to be here?" He assures her that he will be around "for quite a while."

She is very concerned about the possible threat that Peter may pose and wants assurance from the officer that they will be safe. Kelly's portrayal of a librarian in fear, whether imagined or real, mirrors a real problem. Many working librarians who are beset by unruly patrons have felt the very apprehension that this librarian displays because of Peter's presence.

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