The Deserter - "A Revolutionary Comedy" (DVD) Special Edition - Director's Cut
Comedy abounds in this historical slapstick comedy about a British drummer (Eric Bruno Borgman) who accidentally deserts from his regiment and is hunted down for execution! Shot like a Buster Keaton silent comedy from the 1920s, The Deserter, exploits the music of the world renowned Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and the Middlesex County Volunteers. This "Revolutionary Comedy" explodes with fun and fighting. The American Revolution was never funnier!
Actors: Eric Bruno Borgman, Michael Kaplan, Anthony Lea, Michael Greeley, Steven Ricci
Directors: Eric B. Borgman
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: EBB Entertainment
Special Features: Behind the Scenes of The Man in the Movie & the silent comedy short, The Tree Surgeon
Total Run Time: 99 minutes
"Brilliant! Tremendous! Borgman handled the physical comedy like a master. At times I thought I was watching Stan Laurel!" --Dave Eaton - New York film critic
"The film is... very inventive. Some of the comic bits were quite good. I particularly like the writing of the will on the drum head. The drummer showing up at the camp and not realizing he had gone over to the other side also worked well. Borgman has a good sense of how to develop a gag and let it play out." --Daniel M. Kimmel - Movie Reviewer and author of The Fourth Network
"Part historical re-enactment and part old comedy. I saw... Stan Laurel in evidences and some amusing bits with the drums and bungled execution, et al. (Borgman) has a good screen presence." --Michael Legge - actor/filmmaker Democrazy, Honey Glaze
"Let me say that I was QUITE impressed overall with The Deserter. I thought it was shot well, with nice clean visuals. The music was great and complemented each scene. The blend of ragtimey comedy music with fife-and-drum tunes worked strangely well! I have newfound respect for Borgman as a physical and facial comic actor. The bits with the drumsticks killed me--and it was mostly that starting pose, with the sticks up by his temples. I don't know why, but that NEVER got old. All the physical stuff worked. (And dare I say, bravo to Borgman for hanging by one foot off a cliff....)" - John Shanahan award winning playwright.
"If you like mammoth war scenes a'la The Patriot, this one may be worth your while. Borgman is truly a renegade, indie filmmaker, and his ambition is worthy of our respect." --W. Duke Greenhill - Hybridmagazine