American Torso

Dir. Gábor Bódy (1975). Set in the final days of the American Civil War, this Hungarian experimental feature is a succession of unexplained battle sequences and off-handed absurdities—the original footage refilmed to give it a Matthew Brady texture. The notion of an exhumed 1865 document is a bit arch, but American Torso offers a powerful spectacle of rational activity carried out against a dangerously chaotic backdrop—everything undercut by the unstable quality of the medium itself.
Fri., Oct. 23, 8 p.m., 2009

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