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aka CUADECUC, VAMPIR
Spain | 1971 | Pere Portabella
This experimental feature by the Catalan director of The Silence Before Bach (2007) blends footage from the set of Jess Franco’s 1970 Christopher Lee film Count Dracula with asynchronous sound and an electronic soundtrack. It’s a playful but serious work in which the “undead” refers to both General Franco, the bloodthirsty avatar of a fascism that won’t die, and the cinema itself, which reanimates the dead. “Cuadecuc” is a Catalan word meaning “worm’s tail” that also refers to the unexposed footage at the end of a roll of film. “My favorite [Portabella] work to date…A ravishing netherworld…The high-contrast cinematography suggests some of the meditative beauty of Murnau’s Nosferatu and Dreyer’s Vampyr.” –Jonathan Rosenbaum. Preceded at 6:30 by Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera (France, 2016), a short by Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama, see 10/20 at 9:30) about the mad heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. Cleveland premiere. Both DCP. Total 90 min.
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