Many years after the battle was fought, they say you could hear the sound of bones crunching under your feet when walking across the wheat fields of Gettysburg. The Western plains, too, so wide open and free, lay littered with the bleached white skulls of bison for decades. Winchester's repeating arms. Madness. Delusions. Dead children with loony mourning mothers. Oh, the mountains of wealth this nation has produced.
Talk about yr hybrid films. This one is a combination of expressionistic ballet / opera, backstage exposé, information-delivery-system-type doc, and Gothic horror. All of it spliced together just so. I have never seen a better exemplar of the concept that much of the cutting of a movie is already going on in pre-production. These pieces fit together in a way that only cinema could make them. Sum greater than parts.
Fantastic subject for this moment in history. Well-intentioned, but deeply flawed. Dysfunctional echoes of the more recent Cremaster films. some Isaac Julian, Robert Wilson, maybe. Some of the concept and formal means start to have a bit of life in retrospect, now that the unfortunate film is no longer the primary experience, though it could just be the hauntingness of the real story. Glad to have seen it, though.
Mysterious and fascinating. Very much like its subject, Sarah Winchester. Some strong visual imaging going on. Cool, dark electronic scoring. Amazing ballet efforts as well. Playing out in three short acts, this is definitely experimental. I usually don't like this kind of thing, but was very fascinated by this. Regardless, it's great performance art and thoroughly engaging.
Bit esoteric and disjointed for me. I was disappointed that there was so little actual ballet. An excellent contribution by a choir helped enliven the middle but overall it was a mishmash of styles/mediums. The use of a little girl covered in blood was gratuitous and played to a hackneyed trope in cinema - I'd have thought blood stained male soldiers haunted the Winchesters the most.
Atmospheric, ambitious, and just the right amount of meta. This film begins telling a dark story of loss and frames it through the struggles of artists trying to capture it. There is a turn near the midway point that shifts the film and shakes the understanding of the film and it becomes more of a rumination on artistic relation to material and storytelling. The film disaffected, but not at the expense of intrigue.
Intriguing mixture of dance, music, history, and film. The story of Sarah Winchester is quite unsettling, and this film captured that feeling perfectly. I feel like it ends too soon, however; what we witness for 24 minutes is so intoxicating, I could have watched more.
"It’s a beautifully controlled, tonally seductive short with a straight-up three-act story on the one hand and a teasing, tantalizing, expect-anything ambience on the other. It’s a stimulating hybrid of historical essay, ghost story and site-responsive text.” - Michael Pattison, BFI
Idiosyncratic - a mere 23 minutes of what feels like an indulgent and experimental exercise in the melding of synthesised music, baroque opera, modern ballet and goth-horror. The film is held together with a series of textual frames describing the decline into madness of the heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune so a history lesson at least is the tangible gain from the time taken to watch this quite unique film.