Story of My Death (2014)

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HONOR DE CAVALLERIA comprised a radically minimalist, near-plotless riff on DON QUIXOTE, while BIRDSONG applied a similar approach to the New Testament tale of the Three Kings. The new film continues in this vein of literary/historical appropriation, but this time engineers a meeting between two figures (one historical, one mythical): 18th-century author, adventurer, and womanizer Giacomo Casanova and the immortal (in more ways than one) Dracula. If this inspired, high-concept pairing suggests that Serra has abandoned his trademark absurdist minimalism, never fear: both Casanova and Dracula serve as a means for Serra to imagine and inhabit the world of the 18th century, which he depicts with the serene patience, wry wit, philosophical curiosity that made his previous films so singular and astonishing. (C) Anthology Film Archives

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An alchemical experiment well worth witnessing.

Nov 19, 2014

Brings exotic passions of the eighteenth century to furious life.

Mar 24, 2014

It is a singular achievement and, perhaps, something of an esoteric masterpiece.

Mar 18, 2014

Against a backdrop of candlelit conversation and barnyard carnality, Serra sets in motion contrasting ideas about pleasure and desire, alternating between winding philosophical dialogue and wordless passages of savage beauty.

Sep 15, 2013

A fanciful project that's tantalizing on paper but largely DOA on screen.

Sep 14, 2013

Serra's vampire is an expressive creature of chaos, a description one could equally apply to the movie itself.

Sep 14, 2013 | Rating: b+
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