A JOURNAL OF EXTREMITY

Excerpt from ANIMAL KINGDOM #2 - "Transparent Artaud: 11 Notes on Cinema-Blood & the Mangled Bodies of Medievalism" by Christopher Schaeffer

"The times I most give a shit about Antonin Artaud are the handful of moments he's onscreen in Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc. I think, here's somebody who was born to be a monk. The movie is full of fat, loutish, warty supporting characters, and Dreyer's eye makes them all look like sweating, rotting pumpkins. Artaud's character-- the monk Massieu-- and Maria Falconetti's Joan look like they're filmed on a completely separate plane, immanent and exhausted at the venal, polyp-y travesties torturing their corporeal forms below. Artaud, insofar as he plays one of Joan's persecutors, looks almost totally emaciated and overdrawn. There's nothing left to him but a paper caul of skin over a freakish cinematographic light, a slight slackness in the jaw, a horrifyingly convincing look of hunger and the abnegation thereof shooting out from his weirdly cavernous eye-sockets."

 

Todd Hido, from "House Hunting"

Excerpt from ANIMAL KINGDOM #2 - "Lizard City" by Jacob Mazer

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