Frances Farmer  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The closing track, 'Antarctica Starts Here' is a set piece in surrealism. On 27 Aug 1983, Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne Australia, Cale introduced it as a song about a film star who 'goes go-ga crazy'. This seems to tie it to Frances Farmer - an actress who underwent multiple ECT electro-convulsive therapy hence the closing lines 'The Anaesthetic's wearing off / Antarctica starts here." However, later, Cale stated the song referred to the film Sunset Boulevard starring Gloria Swanson.



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