The Wormwood Star

Description: The Wormwood Star (1956) is a short documentary film about Marjorie Cameron, an artist, occultist, and actress. The film is not a “documentary” in the traditional sense, but is more in line with the early avant-garde practice of pure cinema. Curtis Harrington, the film’s director, describes Wormwood as “a poetic tribute to Cameron.” The subject […]

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Dementia 13

Description: From the opening shot, the viewer already knows something is not right. Well, actually, they probably know well before the first shot, probably even before the opening titles – films produced by Roger Corman have a reputation that precedes them: low-budget, exploitative, and without taste. Which does not mean they are without merit. Take […]

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Terror

Description: Terror is a found footage short film by Ben Rivers. It is an odd entry into his catalog, which is mostly made up of ethnographic film studies like Sordal (2008), Two Years at Sea (2011), or his most recent collaboration with Ben Russell, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013). The footage for […]

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Glass Crow

Description: Glass Crow is framed by the following event: in 1618, two Catholic ministers were thrown out the window of Prague Castle by a group of angry Protestants. The ministers found rest in the piles of refuse that lined the castle moat. From whence they came, if you will; or, perhaps, for you were made […]

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Rusalka

Description: Award-winning Russian animator Aleksanrd Petrov has become famous for his paint-on-glass animation, a painstaking process that allows the artist to manipulate the image directly under the camera by using extremely slow-drying oil paints, so that the image can be altered over a number of days. Petrov’s 1996 film Rusalka is a beautiful example of this technique. The […]

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Face Scripting

Description: Face Scripting: What Did the Building See? is a film installation by sibling-duo Jane and Louise Wilson, conceptualized in partnership with London-based writer Shumon Basar and Israeli architect Eyla Weizman (who also narrates). The exhibition opened at the Sharjah Biennial in 2011 and consisted of a single HD projection of the Wilsons’ 11-minute film […]

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Vampyr

Description: Vampyr was received upon its release with almost exclusively negative reviews, and though critical opinion has improved over time, it is still usually considered as one of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s (The Passion of Joan of Arc) feebler efforts. There are, however, many critics who consider the film an overlooked masterpiece of the horror genre. I […]

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Foutaises

Description: Foutaises (Things I Like, Things I Hate) is one of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s (director of Amélie) earliest efforts. It uses a technique that will be familiar to viewers of Amélie, narrating and illustrating the likes and dislikes of the main character. Unlike Amélie, where a voice over narrates a similar sequence, in Foutaises, the unnamed […]

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