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Finally a local premiere for the first American film to be entirely shot here

Published on Jan 15, 2013 5:36 PM

Wit's End, made in 1969, is said to be the first American movie to be entirely shot here.

It is about the hard world of go-go bar owner Dave Dearborn, a melancholic American thrust into a steamy, corrupt world of Asian intrigue, chugging bumboats, grimy alleys, opium smokers, British hippies, money-grubbing hookers and spies.

It will be making its premiere in Singapore next week at The Arts House, playing from Jan 23 to 30.

In television and movies, old Singapore has often been been portrayed as an anything-goes outpost of the exotic East (Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, 2007; Bugis Street, 1995), or as a largely Disney-fied theme park, tangentially touched by dark deeds, mostly filled with simple, sturdy folk living vivid lives (It's A Great Great World, 2011; the television shows Little Nyonya, 2008; and Fighting Spiders, 2009-2010).

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