Tuesday, 3 December
Dr Jekyll et les femmes
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE 1981 (Docteur Jekyll et les femmes) Directed by Walerian Borowczyk 91 minutes In French with English subtitles
Pretty much everyone knows the concept of Robert Louis Stevenson's supernatural novel Dr Jekyll, but this movie almost totally leaves that worn-out story behind, and moves forward with this bizarre exploration of sexuality instead... that mysterious twilight zone of eroticism that we all participate in, but few understand. It is considered by many to be the best creation of Polish director Walerian Borowczyk, and it stars one of my favorite actors, Udo Kier (Warhol's Dracula).
So don't expect this to be a re-hashing of an age-old story, but rather a walk into the mysterious and illogical. The film opens with an engagement party of Dr. Jekyll and his fiancée. But during the party, bodies that have been raped, murdered and mutilated begin to turn up around the grounds of the estate. This is a film that embraces the exploitation genre, but does so in an imaginative, 'art house' way. It is interesting that when the main actress first met director Borowczyk, she tried to impress him by telling him about the famous directors she worked with. Borowczyk wasn't interested at all, he changed the subject, and instead spent the day with her talking about painting and surrealism. This shows perfectly where he was coming from.
What to expect? An off-kilter, cryptic flick. A lashing out against 19th century Victorian sexual repression. A transgressive soft-core horror film with a strong alchemical and philosophical bent. The cinematography is ravishing - cast in soft hues, misty as hell, with almost phosphorescent lighting. The electronic music is by avant-garde composer Bernard Parmegiani who knocks out an otherworldly score of pulsations and shudders. Besides Udo, we also have actor Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange).
This will be a high-definition screening.
Date & Time:
- 3-5 €