Experimental film, German expressionist style, 50's film noir, Jean Cocteau, the spirit of the Beat generation... A George Antheil score, sung by Marni Nixon, Short Rogers in the night club scene... Watch the version without the narrator (which is ridiculous and later added to attract the drive-in crowd) Strange, bizarre, oneiric and disturbing, very modern.
A murderess succumbs into madness in this wonderful and surreal film noir. There's no dialogue but it's actually not silent as you can hear the screams and the laughs and the cries, which really add to the schizoid feeling. Considering that "Dementia" was made in 1955, it feels like it was decades ahead of its time. Thanks to Mubi for putting this on programme, as I don't think I would've ever seen this otherwise.
If Guy Maddin coveted 50's noir instead of pre-sound pictures his work might look something like this demented treasure. John Parker's sole feature was a dialogue free journey into madness that follows a young woman into a world of wife beaters, criminals and other deviants....or perhaps just into her own sick mind. Well shot, on an obvious low budget, with a great score by George Antheil. Worth seeking out.
Taking into consideration the era in which this was done and the probability that it was done on a very low budget I'm quite impressed. The cinematography is cutting edge for the era, the lighting was in an impressive noir style and the pacing was quite good as well, the end montage sequence was quite fast paced for 1955, ahead of it's time in some aspects. Some very creative moments using simple ideas.
Muy al estilo de los filmes de David Lynch, Demencia retrata a la perfección la mezcla entre el mundo real y el onírico. La diferencia entre ambos escenarios es casi imperceptible y muchas veces confusa. La protagonista se sumerge en un viaje de locura lleno de metáforas visuales que nos ayudan a comprender la psique interna del personaje. El final te intriga casi tanto como toda la película. Brillante.