A documentary on young actress, Marianna Palka, as she confronts her risk of Huntington's Disease.
Did You Know?
"And the lion's mouth opens and yer staring at his teeth. And his jaws start closin' with you underneath"
The title 'The Lion's Mouth Opens' is taken from lines from a poem that Bob Dylan
wrote about Woody Guthrie
called 'Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie' which Marianna can recite in its entirety (it takes about 7 minutes). The story of the poem is that Dylan went to visit Woody Guthrie (arguably his greatest early influence) in Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, where Guthrie was dying from Huntingtons disease. Dylan recited the poem live only once, after he returned to the stage at the end of his April 12, 1963 performance at New York's Town Hall. Dylan explained that "there's this book coming out, and they asked me to write something about Woody, sort of like what does Woody Guthrie mean to you in 25 words, and I couldn't do it, I wrote out five pages". See more