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Death and Devil
Programme notes for a screening of Stephen Dwoskin's Death and Devil at The Other Cinema, 1972

DEATH & DEVIL Steve Dwoskin (GB 1973/Colour/German dialogue with Eng. subtitles/92 mins.) Free adaptation from the play by Wedekind. With Charles Regnier, Carola Regnier, Mathius von Spallart, Brigitte Rau and Ulla Larrson ~ Sun 12 May 7.00

To sell Lulu causes her final flight to death. The crucial link between the three plays and both films is the unawareness of sensuality, self-deception and the poisonous image of the self. That which is apparent, visual or verbal, is not the truth. Each person is a sphinx in both PANDORA'S BOX and in DEATH AND DEVIL. The face is essential through which this mask is penetrated. Pabst recognised this in his unusually long takes, as with DEATH AND DEVIL. Lisiska in DEATH AND DEVIL is certainly the ghost of Lulu in PANDORA'S BOX - all realisation of freedom and hope are lost. No one can touch her as no one can touch Lulu. One of the characters in DEATH AND DEVIL, speaking for Wedekind himself, asks "Have you ever found happiness in love?" This is the theme of both PANDORAS BOX and DEATH AND DEVIL." - Steve Dwoskin

The Other Cinema programme notes
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