Dead World Order

Dana Levy

2012 | 00:06:37 | France | Japanese | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: History

The house in the film is Maison de l'Armateur, "the ship owner's house", one of the few houses in Le Havre, France that remained in tact after the city was completely destroyed in the allied bombings of D-Day, 1944. The work deals with the desire to preserve and organize objects, and by doing so, to tell a specific historical tale. It also deals with nostalgia to a world that no longer exists, and perhaps never did. The house is built like a spiral, where each floor has more and more rooms, full of treasures that all tell the story of Western colonialism, particularly objects belonging once to the French 19th Century bourgeoisie, with curiosity cabinets full of exotic oddities from faraway conquered lands. The woman seems to have a special relationship to the objects. Her love and care for the objects also express her love and sense of belonging to their culture. Throughout the film there are references to Hitchcock's films, particularly Vertigo and Psycho. The soundtrack is based on Bernard Herman's soundtrack of Hitchcock's Psycho.

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

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Exhibitions + Festivals

International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2013

Tribeca Fim Festival 2013

Le Cercle de l'Art Moderne, Avant-gardes au Havre, Musee De Luxemburg, Paris, 2012

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