Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmóniák) (2000)

Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmóniák) first published by EyeforFilm, 13 May 2009 A fire burning in a hearth is extinguished. This is the image with which Béla Tarr‘s Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmóniák) opens, and it is one that will recur, in one form or another, with some regularity throughout the film. Immediately after the flame is…

Laughs

The Man Who Laughs (1928)

The Man Who Laughs first published by Little White Lies, as entry 110 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column When popular stage clown Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt), also known by his stage name ‘the man who laughs’, closes the cabinet housing his makeup mirror, we see clearly on either panel door a depiction of the twin masks…

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley (1947)

Nightmare Alley first published by EyeforFilm (1 Dec 2005) In a traveling carnival, selfish, ambitious Stanton Carlisle (Tyrone Power) attaches himself to the seeress Zeena (Joan Blondell), in order to learn the tricks of the trade, and then elopes with the younger Molly (Coleen Gray) to Chicago, where he performs a successful mind reading act…

Santa Sangre

Santa Sangre (1989)

Santa Sangre first published by Little White Lies When Midnight Movie maestro Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain) was commissioned by producer Claudio Argento, brother of giallo king Dario, to “make a picture where a man kills a lot of women”, the upstart director/mystic/prankster/mime-artist certainly delivered on his remit. Yet Santa Sangre (or ‘Holy Blood’) relates to…