Via co-joining the cinematography of Vampirism with the collapsing of the cinematic fourth wall, Portabella joins Dreyer, Franco and Murnau in a unique guilt. Each perpetuates desires to evoke the immortality of cinematic performers while simultaneously condemning the 'act' to do so (via depicting the narrative's punishments). Beyond these criminal cinema-actions, the ultimate vampir-ous needs are of the audience.
Gorgeous high-contrast 16mm film stock, combined with a highly evocative soundtrack that ostensibly defies understanding through ratiocination. At times, this masterpiece makes some of Godard's playfulness with cinematic form seem, I daresay, 'vapid' in comparison. One of the most subversive, politically-charged allegorical achievements in Cinema. A true revelatory experience - but DEFINITELY NOT for everyone.
A film that both de-mythologizes filmmaking, but which also keeps the myths and the mystery behind it. Startlingly beautiful, the film creates a landscape of image and sound that collide in often funny, and yet always useful, ways. This is one fascinating document. Savvy
great postmodern approach to the genre with the plus of a political twist (in the form of a metaphor) quite obscure to non spanish people from de franquism dark era. absolutely marvelous use of the sound and breathtaking high-contrast b/w photography. thirst for portabella creations!