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The Venetian Ghost

George Barber
1988
17 mins Colour video

The Venetian Ghost

What's it like being a Renaissance man when your host is a jerk-of-all-trades? What's it like being obsessed with memory when you host lives in the perpetual present?

George Barber's The Venetian Ghost has as its hero a former ruler of Venice who, as a result of a semantic boo-boo, finds himself catapulted from the High Culture of Venice, Italia, to the High camp of Venice, LA. Barber plays up these oppositions in his usual offbeat style; having the figure of the ghost keyed in cartoon - like with Charlie and family - good-time Californians to a fault.

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