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56 Ratings

Detour de Force

Directed by Rebecca Baron
Austria, United States, 2014
Avant-Garde, Short, Documentary


A fascinating portrait of “thoughtographer” Ted Serios, a hard-drinking Chicago bellhop who caused a sensation in the sixties with his psychic ability to produce hundreds of Polaroid images from his mind.

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Detour de Force Directed by Rebecca Baron
Neither fully confirming nor debunking her subject, Baron luxuriates in the singular atmosphere of free-floating unease and mischief, fascinatingly attuned to the art of image-making as an inherent form of sorcery. Kenneth Anger would have approved.
October 02, 2015
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Baron’s Detour de Force, a layered look at the 1960s TV huckster and ‘thoughtographer’ Ted Serios, doubled as an incisive meditation on the nature of archives, cinema and the historical truths they can both occlude and convey.
April 22, 2015
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In Baron’s elegant piece we are left only with questions, not only about the paranormal, but also about the rapt attention of the professors with their devices and our own fascination with Serios’s odd gestural performance.
November 12, 2014
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