Paranormal cinematic experiments
February 24, 2012 12:34 PM Subscribe
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"Over eighty percent of silent films are lost. I’ve always considered a lost film as a narrative with no known final resting place... It’s eventually occurred to me that the best way to see them would to make contact with their miserable spirits and invite them to possess me." Filmmaker Guy Maddin
is summoning the ghosts of lost silents
at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, with a cast including Udo Kier and Charlotte Rampling -- and streaming the results
live on the web.
"These are not direct re-creations or the imitations of the films themselves. I would never dare consider myself capable of even the lousiest impersonation and wish to pay respect to all -- Jean Vigo, Ernst Lubitsch, F.W. Murnau, Ed Wood and all.
"Every day my actors will plunge themselves deep into a trance, and open themselves up to possession by the unhappy spirit of a lost film. And every day my actors will act out the long forgotten choreographies that once lived so luminously on the big screen for thousands, maybe millions of viewers."
The project is called Spiritismes
Bonus: Maddin's 2000 short The Heart of the World