Wednesday, November 26, 2008
STALKED (1968, USA, Rolf Forsberg)
Flesh. In motion. Flesh. Illogical. Unpredictable. To me, a vastness of fools. Fools to be exploited, not pitied...
Between his breakout hit PARABLE and the seventies Christian Scare Classic THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH, Rolf (under the influence of Fellini, Bergman and possibly other hallucinogens) created this astonishingly weird short film, sort of a CARNIVAL OF SOULS for Christ. "The Man" needs a break from his day job sculpting gruesome Bible scenes for house of wax, so he flies to Europe, only there's nobody there to meet him. I mean nobody. Except a guy in wooden shoes, who ends up following him through the streets of Amsterdam, dancing and pounding on doors. I think he's supposed to be Jesus: you'll never hear "Behold, I stand at the door and knock" in quite the same way again. A stranger religious ed film was never made – more's the pity. Available on Fantoma's "The Educational Archives, Volume Six: Religion."
PARABLE, ANTKEEPER, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES