The Elektra/Vampyr Variations

Edward Rankus

2009 | 00:28:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Blu-ray, Death and Dying, Family, Literature, Music, Myth

A fantasia that makes twisted use of elements from the Elektra myth and vampire stories. Imagine a woman listening to Richard Strauss's Elektra while watching Carl Dryer's Vampyr and the dream she might then have that night. The protagonist imagines herself as Elektra. She has an unhealthy obsession over her dead father Agamemnon. She also passionately despises her mother Clytemnestra, as she is the one who murdered her father. Elektra exhumes the ax used to kill her father in his bath. She wishes to now kill her mother with the same ax, perhaps with help from her brother Orest. There is also an antagonistic trickster character present, often dressed like a gypsy, who has a malicious sense of humor. To add to the Elektra character's despair, the gypsy tells her scary vampire stories. A young woman in drag plays the multiple roles of dead father, brother, and lover. This work has a dream-logic where motifs and symbols are constantly shifting and melting.

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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