More views of - or before - Cambridge Film Festival 2017 (19 to 26 October)
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Hellraiser (1987) was released thirty years ago, so this was a pretty impressive 35mm print from which it was projected at The Arts Picturehouse (CamPicturehouse) – photography, even when it is with moving images (cinematography), not still ones, remains about how light falls on the subject :
Existential pain began early, with maggots caught squirming, and we noticed skin-tones or light on faces less as a furious pace racked up. pic.twitter.com/MJqUcDibN9— THE AGENT APSLEY (@THEAGENTAPSLEY) November 1, 2017
Some sundry observations (an accreting list) :
* Ten years before Event Horizon (1997), the same pre-occupations with pleasure mixed with pain, and with oblivion : Julia (Clare Higgins), whose nature we know rather better by the time that she brings the first man (Anthony Allen) back to no. 55, probably does not belie the truth when she explains the room to which she has led him with I’ve always preferred the floor
* As to knowing natures better, it has been suggested, of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece , that Tarquinus Sextus (the rapist) and Collatine (the husband) are aspects of the same person : never was a truer word spoken of Larry (Andrew Robinson) and Frank (Sean Chapman)
* This is sure some stylish various on Rubik's Cube (first seen in 1974)...
* Jane Wildgoose, credited as ‘Cenobite Costumer Designer’, is clearly channelling less fetishwear than queer fashion and gender fluidity (before it was so called)
No, that *isn't* her POV shot of Pinhead (Lead Cenobite = Doug Bradley), but frankly it could have been :— THE AGENT APSLEY (@THEAGENTAPSLEY) November 1, 2017
We're drawn to what - and why ? ?
* Are there not also more than little hints, here, of Doctor Who, or Sir Gawayn and The Green Knight... ?
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Unless stated otherwise, all films reviewed were screened at Festival Central (Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge)