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Lot in Sodom (1933)

 -  Short | Drama  -  25 December 1933 (USA)
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Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies, delirious bacchanales devoted to physical pleasure, and a searing, cataclysmic finale depicting the fall of a city devoted to sins of the flesh. Digitally mastered from excellent 35mm elements. Lot In Sodom has its original experimental soundtrack by Alec Wilder. Written by Anonymous

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LOT IN SODOM {Short} (James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber, 1933) **
15 January 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is one of the longer films in Kino's 2-Disc "Avant-Garde" collection, also among the more notorious and, in retrospect, disagreeable. The title obviously refers to the Old Testament episode depicting the destruction of the immoral twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah; it is very probable that this was made in the wake of the contemporaneous Cecil B. De Mille epics of Biblical lore but, in the long run, their hokey and unsubtle approach is vastly preferable to what is on offer here!

Its multiplicity of slowed-down images comes across as mere ostentation; otherwise, there is a concentrated striving for authenticity: Lot is recognizably a Jewish stereotype, the archaic intertitles direct quotes from Scriptures and, most importantly, the overt gay perspective corresponds to the 'historical' reason behind the obliteration (a rare instance of this, by the way, here surely at its first representation)… but which was clearly what the film-makers were interested in portraying to begin with, thus distorting the point of the entire narrative!

For the record, the directorial duo had previously been responsible for the lesser of the two rival 1928 film versions of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER and the film under review unaccountably ranked among the year's Top 10 in the annual "National Board Of Review" selections!


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