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Lucia says: “Peeling paint and cobwebs define them now. If these retired carousel horses could talk, the stories they would tell of life in the perpetual motion of colors, lights, and music. The squeals of delighted children, the cries of frightened little ones and the coos of their consoling parents added to the chorus. As I look at these horses, I can almost experience the sights and sounds from the past. How about you? OK, I know there’s a dark side. Remember a Hitchcock movie in which a carousel goes haywire? Go for it, Susan.”
Susan says: “Yes, that movie was Strangers on a Train, one of Hitchcock’s creepiest love stories. It is interesting that carousels and amusement parks often play parts in movies which are not at all amusing. Certainly Strangers on a Train is one. In that movie the carousel goes haywire when the police shoot the the operator. The final showdown features a fist fight in front of terrified children on the charging horses backed by a chorus of screaming mothers. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75ACQveD9ac Yes, I think Hitchcock is on to something. Merry-go-rounds are a tad sinister. Those frozen horses with gaping mouths, wild eyes and glinting teeth. They sure are beautiful though, aren’t they?”
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