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Subversive Elements

Vampir-Cuadecuc

Dir. Pere Portabella, Spain, 1971, 66 min.

Filmed on the set of Jess Franco’s 1970 cult film Count Dracula starring Christopher Lee, Portabella’s Vampir-Cuadecuc mixes making-of footage with an investigation of the figure of the vampire. Both playful and deadly serious, with high-contrast black-and-white cinematography and an electronic soundtrack, the film asks us to consider the undead as a stand-in for both General Franco, the bloodthirsty avatar of a fascism that won’t die, and cinema, the art that reanimates the dead.

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The Black Tower

Dir. John Smith, UK, 1987, 26 min.

A man is haunted by a tower which, he believes, is following him around London.