Its 7:07 pm
While sitting at my desk and trying to write anything,I got a nice email from a gentleman named Steve Herold,a indie filmmaker who was living in Baton Rouge,Louisiana when he made this short film about a poor soul named Stanley Grimp who works as a door-to-door umbrella salesman.
I whistled for the cheetah and he came bouncing up the stairs. What I DIDN’T tell him was that this film was filmed in Louisiana because you know what happened the last time we watched a film from there!!!
As it turns out we didn’t have anything to fear as “Death of a Umbrella Salesman” is quite a quirky little charming comedy with a slightly darker edge.
Stanley Grimp (Kevin Kolack) is a door-to-door umbrella salesman having the day from hell. Not only is he not having any luck selling a single umbrella,his ex-wife is hounding him for alimony payments and he is so broke he hasn’t eaten a real meal in over a day.
Stanley who is usually a very upbeat fellow is shown slowly being broken down in a single day. His run-ins with the various people he meets on a typical day has worn him down so much that when Stanley meets the one lady who wants to help him,he goes a little nuts and chases her away.
Finally Stanley has reached the end of his rope and comes up with a plan to change his future once and for all….
“Death Of A Umbrella Salesman” is a nod to of the famous Arthur Miller play “Death of A Salesman” but played for laughs as written by director-co-writer Steve Herold and co-writer James L. Palmer. Placing a man in a very dated profession in the modern world is a interesting idea,while I don’t think this is what Herold and Palmer were aiming at,it is also a commentary about businesses who failed to keep up with the tech advances and how their outdated business models led to their demise. I think filming in black & white was a nice added touch.
Kevin Kolack gives a fine performance as Stanley,a man out of time who believes in the product he is selling which makes his plight all that more funny and yet also a little moving. Watching Stanley slowly unravel isn’t quite the comedy I think Palmer and Herold were aiming for. I think its because of how sweet Stanley is portrayed,you’re not laughing at him but you do have empathy for him.
“Death of A Umbrella Salesman” has a run time of 17 minutes and would be considered for a “R” rathing for strong language.
You can watch “Umbrella” on Amazon Prime by clicking here.
You can also visit JP Film’s website by going here.
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