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Sandra Lahire
In the 1990's Sandra Lahire completed Living on Air, a trilogy of films inspired by the writing and voice of Sylvia Plath.

A project that was elaborated by Lahire in the time arc of 9 years, resulted in Lady Lazarus (1991) - the first part of her trilogy Living on Air, followed by the film Eerie in 1992. In Night Dances (1995), the second part of her Plath trilogy, Lahire explored the Jewish element of her identity. Johnny Panic, in 1999, was not only the final part of this trilogy, but her last film statement as well, a brilliant and witty work that only a film wizard, Lahire herself, truly dedicated to a research of the experimental levels of film language, could have produced. But this second trilogy was referenced already, so to speak, in 1984 when Lahire completed her first film work.

Sandra Lahire's Arrows (1984, 15 min.) haunted with her bones the spirit of Sylvia Plath's esoterically magical poetry. This first Lahire mediation of anorexia through Plath's work launched her immediately as the new experimental film heroine. Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus (1991, 25 min.) is taken as a source to rethink film and female identity. An interview that was given by Sylvia Plath just before her death is incorporated into the narrative structure of the film. Two moments of fascination are to be captured here, the attraction for death and the mediation of Plath's intensive sensibility.

In Night Dances (1995, 15 min) Lahire focused on the embodied redefinition of Sylvia Plath's work, scrolling from fictionality to aesthetic deconstruction. A mixture of painful and funny elements is put together, while avoiding stereotypes, and therefore constantly inverting the codes of film representation. Here we witness what is possible to define as Lahire's intense construction of a proper film system that is shifting from questions of identity to those of actuality. Body close-ups are not in synch with Plath's flashbacks, but instead two or three different stories are running parallel to each other at the same time.

Still from Night Dances by Sandra Lahire, 1995
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