Wired Angel: Acts of Joan of Arc | Chicago Reader

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This chiaroscuro masterpiece is an inspiring reminder of what filmmakers can do when they have aesthetic goals beyond the telling of a story. The gracefully horrific, strikingly beautiful images—poetic tableaux featuring burning, dripping constructions built to be reimagined through a sensitive lens by a sensitive cinematographer—combine Christian and pre-Christian iconography with idiosyncratically expressive natural and industrial elements. The hagiography that results is a narrative, and its components are representational as well as symbolic, but their conjunction often achieves pure abstraction, stimulating free association as much as it conveys any sense of metaphor, character, or plot. Written, directed, and shot by Sam Wells; with Caroline Ruttle. 95 min.

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