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Necrology (1971)

People ascending into darkness.


Standish Lawder

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Credited cast:
Louise P. Adams Louise P. Adams ... Assistant Liberian
Jack Alpern Jack Alpern ... Short Order Cook
Prescott Anderson Prescott Anderson ... Man Returning From Dentist
Daniel Babbage Daniel Babbage ... Pederast
Dan Barnhardt Dan Barnhardt ... Manufacturer Of Plastic Novelties
Virginia Blardell Virginia Blardell ... Tough Girl With Cigarette And White Handbag
Feder Bressack Feder Bressack ... Corvette Owner
Edward Carlson Edward Carlson ... Actor, Unemployed
Algelo Cassidento Algelo Cassidento ... New York State Boxing Commissioner
Lars Christensen Lars Christensen ... Egyptologist
Kathleen O. Croegan Kathleen O. Croegan ... Woman With Canker Sore On Inside Of Left Cheek
Max Cross Max Cross ... Fugitive, Interstate
Alvin Dunton Alvin Dunton ... Assassin Assistant No. 2
Rufus Eggerewy Rufus Eggerewy ... Local Politician
Liza Farnum Liza Farnum ... Woman In Meditation


People ascending into darkness.

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28 October 1971 (USA) See more »

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Wildly creative
3 May 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short film by Standish Lawder can be found on "American Film Treasures/Avant Garde Film: Disc 1"--a compilation of mostly forgotten art films of the 20th century. This DVD set is NOT for the casual viewer and sometimes I wonder why I watched the films--as some of them were VERY artsy and weird!

This is a very visually striking film and when it plays, you have no idea how Lawder made the film. It's accompanied by a very somber piece by Sebilius and conjures up thoughts that these folks might be dead and are rising to Heaven. I loved reading about how he made it (in the notes on the DVD) and shows amazing creativity and is one of the most watchable films on the DVD. Sure, it's NOT a typical film enjoyed by the masses, but I can appreciate what Lawder achieved--even if the film does seem to be overlong. Difficult to score but I'd say this one is worth your time. And, be sure to read through all the credits as everyone in the film is credited...and Lawder's descriptions are quite funny.

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