The Third Person

by Michael Oblowitz

The Third Person is a film written, produced, and directed by Michael Oblowitz/ Camera: Michael Oblowitz/ Assistant Director: Michael Shamberg/ Assistant Camera: Christophe Lanzenberg/ Editors: Skip Lievsay, Lizzie Borden/ Music: Anton Fig/ Make up: Dunja Sagov/ With: Rosemary Hochschild, Ron Vawter, Will Patton, Fiona Templeton, Nancy Riley Peyton, Stuart Sherman.

The Third Person is about a modern couple, trapped by their social and economic circumstance in an increasingly more violent and psychologically turbulent relationship with each other. The film stresses their utter alienation from, and incapacity to relate to, the world at large. This separation from the mainstream of everyday life forces a depressingly disturbed dependance on each other, the consequences of which are neither foreseen nor understood by either of them. Their relationship becomes a metaphor for a sado-masochistic behavior pattern that underlies many modern heterosexual relationships. Their life, without a sense of history or culture through which to articulate and interpret their behavior, is not an uncommon modern existential situation. Their attempts at expressing their frustration take on progressively more and more pathogenic forms moving towards an inevitable finale . . .

––Michael Oblowitz 10/17/81, 2:45 AM, NYC

Ron Vawter and Rosemarie Hochschild.

Will Patton, Fiona Templeton, and Rosemarie Hochschild.

Ron Vawter, Rosemarie Hochschild, and Nancy Riley Peyton.

Rosemarie Hochschild and Ron Vawter.

Nancy Riley Peyton.

Social classes
independent film
Spring 1981
The cover of BOMB 1