Story of My Death
Història De La Meva Mort
Albert Serra’s teasing period-piece sees Casanova and Dracula meeting as Enlightenment reason gives way to the dangerous passions of the Romantic era.
Catalan maverick Albert Serra provides a bold reworking of the conventions of historical drama in the imagined meeting between Dracula and Casanova that offers the premise for Story of My Death. Casanova, as envisaged by Serra is an ageing Marquis (Vicenç Altaió) who oozes a charged sexuality and rational sensibility. The Count Dracula (Eliseu Huertas) embodies a more violent and dangerous new world. Story of My Death is a film about a society in transition with the look of the film knowingly evoking paintings of the period. Beguiling in its audacity and its enactment of ideological positions, the film has a palpable erotic charge and the exquisite attention to composition we have come to expect from Serra’s work. Winner of the Golden Leopard award at Locarno and edited from 400 hours of film, the film presents a playful contemplation of the journey from the Enlightenment to the era of Romanticism.
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