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“Homo Duplex” - B.S. Latrodectus Mactans Productions. Narrator P.A. Heaven; Super-8 mm; 70 minutes; black and white; sound. Parody of Woititz and Shulgin’s ‘poststructual antidocumentaries,’ interviews with fourteen Americans who are named John Wayne but are not the legendary 20th-century film actor John Wayne. MAGNETIC VIDEO (LIMITED RELEASE)
Two definitions I found for the term homo duplex:
(cell and molecular biology) A deoxyribonucleic acid duplex in which the nitrogenous bases of the two strands are precisely complementary.
From Ahmad Afzaal’s Blog:
Homo duplex is Latin for “the double human.” It implies that all humans have two closely related but very distinct sides to their being. The distinction between these two sides is sometimes experienced with such sharpness that we may even say that there are two distinct beings in each human. Each self, then, is double.
The double nature of humans certainly relates to the character of John Wayne. Wayne is the golden boy of Enfield Tennis Academy but it’s clear that he has a dark side. He’s discovered having a sexual affair with Avril Incandenza and is suspected to be an AFR mole inside ETA. He also goes a little crazy after ingesting some drugs and goes on a rant over the ETA intercom.
The name of this film is somewhat mysterious because it seems to obviously refer to the dual nature of John Wayne, but does that mean Incandenza realized the dual nature of Wayne during the making of this film?
I wanted to add a couple of comments from members of the Poor Yorick Entertainment Facebook page:
Jusdon Picco: Dr. Janet Woititz wrote the New York Times Best Seller Adult Children of Alcholics, considered worldwide to be the definitive work describing the issues specific to those who were raised in families impacted by alcohol, drugs and the dysfunctional behaviors of others. Alexander Shulgin is the pharmacologist credited with the popularization of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy.
Jack M. Dominey: I don’t see the Homo Duplex title as referring to John “NR” Wayne, since if I recall correctly he was left out of the film when his father refused permission for Incandenza to use footage of the interview (or to film him at all?).