Clowes is experimenting with ways to get inside his characters’ heads, to not just listen to their inner monologues, but to look at how they remember and how they fantasize.
“I’m that kind of guy. My background is documentary still photography, reportage.”
These are fundamentally directors’ films, but any discussion of them has to come back to the lead performances.
A sex-toy Pinocchio? Offenbach’s Olympia as an inflatable courtesan? If only.