Curtis harrington fragment of seeking

A beautiful and frightening allegory of human frailty. With James Caan and Katherine Ross wonderfully cast as the irresponsible couple and a sultry Simone Signoret as the mysterious neighbor who weaves her way into their lives, Games casts a dark and stylish web of intrigue and suspense.

Experimental, Drama, Short, Horror, Documentary Fragment of Seeking Harrington plays a young man desperately seeking out the fleeting image of a female companion, and though he never quite catches her, he discovers much more through the surreal explorations of his own sexuality.

Starring Dennis Hopper as a lonely space explorer, Queen of Blood is a fascinating work considered by many to be the best of the so-called "Corman Cut-Ups.

It is by far one of his most visually arresting works. This series pays tribute to an artist who never lost sight of his youthful ideals and produced a dazzling body of work ripe for rediscovery.

The Four Elementsa film made by Harrington in the propagandistic Curtis harrington fragment of seeking of the U.

He once again expresses his interest in the occult by casting known members of the Church of Satan, Nikolas and Zeena Schreck.

The Assignation Long considered lost, this was Harrington s first color film. Picnic Beginning in the reality of American middle-class life, Picnic portrays the idealistic dream-quest of the protagonist, from which he is finally cast off.

Made while Harrington was a student at the University of Southern California, where the film was also shot, Fragment features a youthful Harrington in a revealing double role. It was shot in Venice, Italy, and not unlike Fragment of Seeking, follows a masked figure through the labyrinthine canals of the city, building to a spectacular climax.

One of the first wholly independent productions shot on the West Coast, Night Tide used locations in Venice, California to wonderful effect while also turning to studio veterans such as master film composer David Raskin Laurawho gifted the film with a gorgeous score. Harrington himself described the film thus: Usher Harrington s final film before he died inUsher is a remake of a short he made in high school based on the classic Edgar Allan Poe story The Fall of the House of Usher.

Harrington channels Franju in his lavish, kinky tale of a swinging New York couple determined to live on the edge but unaware of the dangers invited by their reckless lifestyle.

In his first leading role, a startlingly young Dennis Hopper brings a fervent energy to his portrayal of Johnny, a sailor who is enamored with the bewitching Mora, a shimmering apparition of a woman gripped by a dark secret. An ardent cinephile since his earliest years, Harrington began his film career as an errand boy at Paramount and eventually became a successful A-list director at Universal in the s.

Cameron went on to star in Harrington s feature-length Night Tide. One of the most essential postwar American independent films. This minute adaptation, homemade by a precocious year-old Harrington on 8 mm, is much cruder yet much more inventive and beautiful than his relatively large production of -- a silent, atmospheric, eerie little work, obviously made on a shoestring, that reinforces that old truism about necessity being the mother of invention.

Harrington cast his mother and father in the lead roles of his poetic short. Print courtesy of Universal Pictures. Working briefly for legendary B-producer Roger Corman, Harrington made this little known gem by creatively reinterpreting footage from a Russian science fiction film, Planet of Storms, pirated by Corman.

These films have been preserved by and come from the collection of the Academy Film Archive. September 16 — September 17 A Tribute to Curtis Harrington Marginalized by film historians and largely overlooked during his lifetime, the late Curtis Harrington was a key figure in the West Coast experimental film scene and among the most wholly original directors to work in the Hollywood studio system.Curtis Harrington had one of the oddest careers in Hollywood history, beginning as an avant-garde filmmaker in the s and s, then migrating to.

Curtis Harrington

movie world. Fragment of Seeking () Harrington plays a young man desperately seeking out the fleeting image of a female companion, and though he never quite catches her, he.

Curtis Harrington, Director: Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet. Curtis Harrington was an excellent and shamefully underrated writer and director who specialized in marvelously offbeat and atmospheric low-budget independent horror pictures.

Fragment of Seeking (Short) The Fall of the House of Usher (Short) Show Writer (10 credits.

Gene Curtis Harrington (September 17, – May 6, ) He directed several avant-garde short films in the s and '50s, including Fragment of Seeking, Picnic, and The Wormwood Star (a film study of the artwork of Marjorie Cameron).Died: May 6, (aged 80), Hollywood Hills, California.

A Fragment of Seeking. Directed by Curtis Harrington US16mm, b/w, 14 min. Made while Harrington was a student at the University of Southern California, where the film was also shot, Fragment features a youthful Harrington in a revealing double role.

"A climactic fragment from the existence of an adolescent Narcissus," wrote Harrington to. Fragment of Seeking () *** (out of 4) Curtis Harrington wrote, directed and stars in this surreal short.

As with most avant-garde films each viewer could possibly take away something different from the story. fragment of seeking (, 16 mins.) Harrington plays a young man desperately seeking out the fleeting image of a female companion, and though he never quite catches her, he discovers much more through the surreal explorations of his own sexuality.

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