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The Exquisite Corpus

Directed by Peter Tscherkassky
Austria, 2015
Avant-Garde, Short
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  • No subtitles

Synopsis

The Exquisite Corpus is based on various erotic films and advertising rushes. Myriad fragments are melted into a single sensuous, humorous, gruesome, and ecstatic dream.

Our take

We’re deliciously thrilled to premiere online avant-garde maverick Peter Tscherkassky’s dreamy mash-up of softcore cinema. Ecstatically analog—the celluloid is manipulated by hand in the darkroom—this climactic short teases and exposes not just bodies but film itself. Read our director interview.

The Exquisite Corpus Directed by Peter Tscherkassky
To imagine sex, Tscherkassky dissolves one of the very few precepts he held. When the dreamer wakes up and the film stabilizes, it seems like a happy ending, of a sort. For all of the raucous excess of imagination and technical virtuosity necessary to visualize sexual fantasy, in the physical, social world we don’t need to do anything so complex. Desire is in the gaze.
July 01, 2016
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As 19-minute associative extravaganzas go, this wordless conglomeration of scenes and moments from discarded films—most of them pornographic—is an epic of the tallest order, overwhelming in its formal command and intellectual complexity.
November 10, 2015
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The crackling flaws of celluloid are equally pivotal to one of the best films not just at FNC but of the year: The Exquisite Corpus directed by Peter Tscherkassky, which uses found footage from European pornography to construct a poetic portrait of eroticism and death.
October 15, 2015
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