Rachel Elizabeth Allen always watches movies until the end of the credits – or at least until the songs are listed. She is a student of the University of Louisville and has a collection of Bebe fashion advertisements. When put on the spot here in July 2000, she could only name one song by Elvis Presley, although she was able to come up with a lot more later.
NAME AT LEAST TEN SONGS BY ELVIS PRESLEY.
[laughing] Are you kidding?
Um, “Heartbreak Hotel.” [laughs] Oh my God. I work at a record store, and I can’t even name ten songs by Elvis Presley. Okay, let me think about this.THAT’S ONE.
[laughing] I know. Oh my God. My mind’s gone blank.
WE CAN COME BACK TO IT.
Yeah. Let’s come back. [We eventually came back to it, and she couldn’t name any others.]
IF YOU ARE VIDEOTAPING A MOVIE FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE, DO YOU RECORD THE END CREDITS?
Yeah. I would say so. So you know who’s who. You never know when you’re going to watch another movie and realize that somebody else is in the movie you recorded.
RIGHT. IF YOU ARE SITTING IN A THEATRE WATCHING A MOVIE, HOW LONG INTO THE END CREDITS DO YOU STAY?
I usually stay and watch the songs that were in the movie – what artists. Maybe a soundtrack purchase might come about. Something like that.
YOUR FULL NAME?
Rachel Elizabeth Allen.
ELIZABETH – SO MANY PEOPLE WE’VE INTERVIEWED HAVE THAT MIDDLE NAME.
It’s after my aunt, my great aunt. She’s 94. She’s really awesome. We have these family reunions…
STILL WITH US?
Yeah. We have these family reunions in this lodge on a lake in Kentucky, and she’ll go and this blues band plays and she’s like whipping us all out on the dance floor, like, “Come on kids!” She’s full of energy.
SO MIDDLE AGE FOR HER WAS…
Probably about two years ago. [laughter]
FAVORITE ATARI GAME?
I’ve played Atari a total of like five times in my life. I like that… there’s a golf game. But I’m more into Dr. Mario. Nintendo. I play that for hours and hours.
I DON’T UNDERSTAND.[laughter]
Dr. Mario is the best thing ever invented.
DO YOU HAVE SUBSCRIPTIONS TO ANY MAGAZINES OR NEWSPAPERS?
Yes, Jane magazine. I have a subscription to that. I just got it as a Christmas present. That’s about it.
DO YOU ENJOY THAT?
Oh yeah. I like that and I don’t have a subscription – but I’d like to – Nylon magazine. That’s a good magazine, too. And at work we’re supposed to read In Style, because my title at Express is Fashion Representative. So it’s pretty exciting. [laughing] I’ve never had a cool job title like that before.
DID YOU SEE THE MOVIE “TITANIC”?
Mmm hmm. Not in theatres. I saw it… rented it.
TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS IN THAT MOVIE TO PROVE THAT YOU REALLY SAW IT?
Um, Rose is from the… she’s from the high class, and Jack is not, and he wins a ticket in a bet, or in a game of poker.
YOU ALREADY KNOW MORE THAN I DO.Yeah.
I MEAN I KNOW WHAT REALLY ULTIMATELY HAPPENS WITH THE BOAT. BUT I WOULDN’T HAVE KNOWN CHARACTER NAMES.
Anybody knows what happens with the boat without even having to see that movie.
RIGHT. SORRY. GO ON. WHAT ELSE HAPPENS?
So they meet and the get it on in this carriage [laughing] and she puts her hand up and wipes it down the side, and it’s all foggy. [laughter] And, let’s see, then at the end it sinks and he dies. She lives, and she’s the one that’s telling the whole story the whole time. She’s like this old woman.
Companion interview in K Composite 9, pages 218-219