Man Of Letters

Man Of Letters, a documentary about Momus directed by Hannu Puttonen for Finnish television in 1994, was released on October 23rd by Visionary Video.

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Visionary Video
PO Box 30
Lytham St Annes FY8 1RL


Starring Momus
As themselves: Sarah Cracknel, Jarvis Cocker, Ed Ball, Simon Fisher Turner, Alison Spritzler-Rose, Rozelle Bentheim

Featuring enactments of the following songs:

Paper Wraps Rock
The Hairstyle Of The Devil
Shaftesbury Avenue
Amongst Women Only
Cibachrome Blue
The Angels Are Voyeurs
The Angels Are Voyeurs (Reprise)
Marquis Of Sadness
Closer To You
Trust Me, I'm A Doctor
I Was A Maoist Intellectual
Christmas On Earth
The Sensation Of Orgasm

Like 'The Screwtape Letters' by C.S. Lewis, 'Man Of Letters' takes for its structure a conversation between two devils bargaining for the soul of Momus, a musician.

'Tempt him with success', advises the old devil to his apprentice, eager for promotion. 'Tempt him with the promise of fame, power, and the love of women... Lead him astray with easy sex... Confuse him with many religions... Employ the Flatterer, a useful tool... Take him to the top of the mountain, show him the valley below... Use the most modern methods of communication to spread his message amongst the young and impressionable... Above all use words, for they are great confusers. Go forth, young devil, and tempt him. Make his soul ours.'

Production supported by the promotion centre for audiovisual culture (AVEK)
YLE/TV1/eila werning
Production Pirjo Airaksinen / Crea Video
Copyright Crea Video 1994
Dolby Stereo
36 minutes