Today at The Clinton: Tuesday, Dec 7

Church of Film presents TWO DIVA FANTASIES: RAPSODIA SATANICA & THE FAUN

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Church of Film is a weekly gathering for the reverence and worship of cinema programmed and hosted by local cinephile Muriel Lucas.

Magic, the Occult, supernatural folk tales, witchy witches, mutant melodramas, anarchy, communism & the subaltern, Queer texts/subtexts, signs & symbols, third meanings, oblique narrative strategies, visual formalism, LSD, imminent worlds, sailors, phantom crews, ships adrift, graveyards and ruins, feminism, uncanny valleys, decolonization, gender deconstruction, cosmic games, ghosts & goblins, third world, beauty and her beasts, psychogeography, national & independent cinemas, masks of all kinds, the baroque, genres destroyed, Thanatos, ancient worlds, interior maps, guys and dolls, transhumanism, lost worlds, layers of vision, candles and candelabras, cobwebs, love stories, uncharted landscapes, deep dreams & secrets, the foreign country of the past, psychic fractures, the underworld, ultima thule, de-institutionalization, pitiless traps, Greek Key patterns, fate circumscribed in celluloid, voyeurism & paranoia, corridors & paths, the watcher and the watched,antifascism, isolation in the labyrinth, doors unopened, counter-cultured romance, priests and nuns beneath their frocks and habits, warm gods, gods dethroned, sisters, charlatans, disintegrating social structures, nuclear families on fire, dissent and silenced voices, slapstick and the mechanized body, the visual gag, tragic jokes, distant voices from other rooms, dogs baying in the darkness, flashlights, the imprisoned, the vanquished, the trapped spirits, the Kingdom of Shadows, the twentieth century, c-i-n-e-m-a.

Church of Film presents TWO DIVA FANTASIES: RAPSODIA SATANICA & THE FAUN

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The cult of femininity & the modern woman, and a belief in the occult powers of the newly-born cinematic medium, gave rise to a new kind of film in Italy: that of imperious majesty, demonic appeal, and feminist subversion, all focused on the image of a celluloid goddess, a Star: the Diva. This program presents two films from the Diva cycle with a twist of gothic fantasy.

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RAPSODIA SATANICA
Director: 
Nino Oxilia
Country: 
Italy
Year: 
1917
Runtime: 
55 minutes

RAPSODIA SATANICA (1917), featuring the legendary Lyda Borelli, is an entrancing visual poem in which a haughty woman makes a pact with the devil to regain her youth & beauty, with gorgeous stencil coloring. 

RAPSODIA SATANICA will feature the existing original score, by the sensational opera composer Pietro Mascagni (the only film commission he ever accepted). 

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THE FAUN
Director: 
Febo Mari
Country: 
Italy
Year: 
1917
Runtime: 
73 minutes

In THE FAUN (1917), a neglected woman falls in love with the statue of a mythical man-beast, escaping to live an idyllic romance in the wild.

Church of Film will provide an ambient track for THE FAUN.

Special Admission

$5-8 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.

$6 TICKETS AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE; includes a $1 service fee.