Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 115: Tue Apr 25

Story of My Death (Serra, 2013): ICA Cinema, 6.20pm

This film is part of an Albert Serra season.

ICA introduction:
Winner of the prestigious Golden Leopard award for Best Film at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2013, Story of My Death is a baroque reflection on pleasure and erotic desire dramatised from an imagined meeting between the ageing Casanova and Count Dracula. Serra’s deliciously eccentric film mines history to blend the mythical with the everyday, charting the transition from the Age of Enlightenment to that of Romanticism – marking a clash between an eighteenth century of rationalism and sensuality against a nineteenth century founded upon repression and violence.

New Yorker review:
In Story of My Death, Serra mines a clever conceit for its vast historical reach; his frozen images seem to bend and break with spidery cracks under the tension of their inner conflict. His fusion of pre-modern bodies and minds plays like a living archeology of forces that are still potent and still repressed—perhaps now even more than ever. I won’t spoil the resolution of the quiet but vast Kulturkampf_ _at the heart of the movie, but its muted whimsy and dark mystery reaches deeply and chillingly into modern times.
Richard Brody

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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