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Thursday, 15 October, 20:30, Cinématographe

John Parker, 1953, USA
Silent, 35mm, b&w, 55’


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Inspired by a nightmare recounted by his secretary, John Parker signs with Dementia a mutant work that has lost none of its magnetism. Between film noir with expressionist distortions and a horrific tale with strong Freudian overtones, Dementia plunges its feverish heroine into a night-time jaunt where every new male figure becomes a threat. Too avant-garde and scary for its time, the film has been deemed indecent and inhuman by the censors. However, an alternative version depriving it of any substance allowed a small scale release. We are proud to present a 35mm film print in its original editing.