L'Abbatiale de la
Liturgie Apocryphe

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Yggdrasill : Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind
Stan Brakhage, USA, 1997, 17 min



This film, a combination of hand painting and photography, is a fulsome exposition of the themes of “Dog Star Man.” In that early epic I had envisioned The World Tree as dead, fit only for firewood; and at the end “Dog Star Man” I had chopped it up amidst a flurry of stars (finally Cassiopeia’s Chair): now, these many years later, I am compelled to comprehend Yggdrasill as rooted in the complex electrical synapses of thought process, to sense it being alive today as when Nordic legend hatched it. I share this compulsion with Andrei Tarkovsky, whose last film “The Sacrifice” struggles to revive The World Tree narratively, whereas I simply present (one might almost say “document”) a moving graph to approximate my thought process, whereby The Tree roots itself as the stars we, reflectively, are. (SB)


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Stellar (1993) & The Wold Shadow (1972) by STAN BRAKHAGE (July 3, 2013)
Original Creators: STAN BRAKHAGE’ presented by The Creators Project (August 10, 2011)
Glaze of Cathexis (1990) by STAN BRAKHAGE (January 24, 2011)
Cat’s Cradle (1959) by STAN BRAKHAGE (January 23, 2011)


La rose de fer
Jean Rollin, France, 1973, 77 min



Ce film est une illustration du thème de l’enfermement. Rollin s’est inspiré à la fois d’un poème de Tristan Corbière et de l’univers baudelairien.


Lors d’un mariage, deux jeunes gens sont attirés par leur regards, lui, poète rencontre la jeune fille de ses rêves. Elle est belle et innocente. Lui est un jeune poète à l’esprit de Bohême. Il récite un poème et ils se retrouvent ensuite dans le jardin d’une grande maison où a lieu ce mariage. Les amoureux se donnent rendez-vous un dimanche matin pour faire du vélo dans une gare de marchandises et finissent leur randonnée dans un cimetière où le jeune homme y tire son inspiration dans le silence. Entre deux poèmes ils courent à travers les tombes. Ils s’embrassent et finissent par descendre à l’intérieur d’une tombe où ils vivent pleinement leurs passions. La nuit les surprend en sortant du caveau. Les malheureux n’arrivent plus à trouver la sortie. Ils sont fascinés par ce lieu de mort mais deviennent peu à peu déments, pensant qu’ils ne trouveront jamais la sortie et que cette nuit sera éternelle. Dans leur folie ils profanent un ossuaire et jouent avec un crâne. La femme se découvrant une âme de poète en arrivera à la conclusion que les morts du cimetière sont les seuls à être vraiment libres.


La rose de fer (1977) de JEAN ROLLIN

La rose de fer (1977) de JEAN ROLLIN

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Le viol du vampire (1968) de JEAN ROLLIN (July 5, 2012)


L’Inferno
Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe De Liguoro, Italy, 1911, 68 min



L’Inferno is a 1911 Italian silent film, loosely adapted from Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy. L’Inferno took over three years to make, and was the first full-length Italian feature film ever made. (The Story of the Kelly Gang, released in Australia in 1906, is the first full-length film).


L’Inferno was first screened in Naples in the Teatro Mercadante on March 10, 1911. An international success, it took in more than $2 million in the United States, where its length gave theater owners an excuse for raising ticket prices. For this reason, L’Inferno was arguably the first true blockbuster in all of cinema. Today it is regarded by many scholars as the finest film adaptation of any of Dante’s works to date.


L’Inferno (1911) by FRANCESCO BERTOLINI, ADOLFO PADOVAN and GIUSEPPE DE LIGUORO

L’Inferno (1911) by FRANCESCO BERTOLINI, ADOLFO PADOVAN and GIUSEPPE DE LIGUORO

L’Inferno (1911) by FRANCESCO BERTOLINI, ADOLFO PADOVAN and GIUSEPPE DE LIGUORO

L’Inferno (1911) by FRANCESCO BERTOLINI, ADOLFO PADOVAN and GIUSEPPE DE LIGUORO
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L’Inferno (1911) by FRANCESCO BERTOLINI, ADOLFO PADOVAN and GIUSEPPE DE LIGUORO


Lot in Sodom
James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber, USA, 1933, 28 min



Lot in Sodom is a short silent experimental film, based on the Biblical tale of the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was directed by JAMES SIBLEY WATSON and MELVILLE WEBBER


Lot in Sodom (1933) by JAMES SIBLEY WATSON and MELVILLE WEBBER

Lot in Sodom (1933) by JAMES SIBLEY WATSON and MELVILLE WEBBER

Lot in Sodom (1933) by JAMES SIBLEY WATSON and MELVILLE WEBBER


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Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) by MAYA DEREN (January 18, 2013)
Altered States (1980) by KEN RUSSELL (May 26, 2011)


Heaven and Earth Magic
Harry Everett Smith, USA, 1957-1962, 66 min



Heaven and Earth Magic (also called Number 12, The Magic Feature, or Heaven and Earth Magic Feature) is an American avant garde feature film made by Harry Everett Smith. Originally released in 1957, it was re-edited several times and the final version was released in 1962. The film primarily uses cut-out-animated photographs.


Heaven and Earth Magic (1957-1962) by HARRY SMITH

Heaven and Earth Magic (1957-1962) by HARRY SMITH


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No. 11: Mirror Animations (1956-57) by HARRY SMITH (November 18, 2013)
“Early Abstractions” (1946-57) by HARRY SMITH (October 27, 2010)

L'Abbatiale de la
Liturgie Apocryphe

"The production of nervous force is directly connected with the diet of an individual, and its refining depends on the very purity of this diet, allied to appropriate breathing exercises.

The diet most calculated to act effectively on the nervous force is that which contains the least quantity of animal matter; therefore the Pythagorean diet, in this connection, is the most suitable.

...

The main object was to avoid introducing into the organism what Descartes called 'animal spirits'. Thus, all animals that had to serve for the nourishment of the priests were slaughtered according to special rites, they were not murdered, as is the case nowadays".