GHOST IMAGE
VISUAL ESSAYS N°4

by Al RAZUTIS
1976-1979 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 9' 30

Thematically proceeding to surrealism and horror, GHOST: IMAGE encompasses that tradition of "fantastic" films that includes Dada, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Poetic Realism, Symbolism, and eventually the horror genre (and of course Fritz Lang's Metropolis ).

Its formal design, the mirror image, creates a denial of axis and screen direction,with the result that the viewer must read "through the images." At times, the mirror images are reduced to their Rorschach component, and complemented by the presence of fragmented poetry (after T.S. Eliot and automatic writing), a metonymic realm suggesting "automatic disclosures" and unconscious correspondences in the developing discourse.

The familiar myths of woman as 'madonna' / 'victim' / 'temptress', and 'redemption through knowledge and science,' 'fear of the undead," and 'fear of the irrational,' form the signposts of this historical and cultural terrain.

Contains excerpts from aproximately 20 surrealist, dada, horror, films. (A.R.)

Individually featured in international exhibitions, retrospectives.

More information and photos at: http://www.alchemists.com/visual_alchemy/film_visess.html

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distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 38,00 €

distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 38,00 €