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Prometheus Triumphant: A Fugue in the Key of Flesh (2009)

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Exhibiting extreme stylization and thematic influence by the German Expressionists, this silent feature from co-directors Mike McKown and Jim Towns tells of two lovers, the gorgeous Esmeralda and her exiled paramour, Janick (Josh Ebel), whose relationship nearly comes to a bitter end when she contracts a deadly case of the plague. Mercifully, Janick discovers a cure in the last waning moments and attempts to save her life. Towns and McKown employ title cards in the manner of early-20th century


Drama, Horror, Special Interest


Mar 10, 2009

Cinema Epoch

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Jim Towns and Mike McKown's Prometheus Triumphant: A Fugue in the Key of Flesh is an admirably ambitious homage to the pure emotional power of the classic silent cinema.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Prometheus Triumphant sets lofty goals for itself but fails to find an original entry point or live up to its objectives.

January 22, 2009 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The film's overall style wants more than Janick's quest to reanimate one woman - an entire world seems doomed, if only Town's scenario could show it.

November 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Audience Reviews for Prometheus Triumphant: A Fugue in the Key of Flesh

A mad doctor reanimates his love who died of the plague in an unspecified medieval time and place in this modern silent movie mixing the plots of FRANKENSTEIN and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Boring as hell, and with its mundane camerawork, unevocative Pittsburgh locations, anachroinisms and misspelled intertitles, it's a virtual insult to its classic Expressionist inspirations. This is what all bad movies made by film school dropouts would look like if sound and color film stock had never been invented. Avoid.
December 28, 2009
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