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Death is a Caress (12A*) + Introduction by writer and curator Isabel Stevens

Her Lens, His Story

A man holds a woman tightly by the arms in Norwegian melodrama Death is a Caress

A very rare chance to see Edith Carlmar’s noir-tinged tale of lust, murder and male hysteria on the big screen.

The first Norwegian feature film to be directed by a woman is a splendid male melodrama about Erik, a mechanic (Claus Wiese) who spurns his loyal fiancée for the attractions of glamorous socialite Sonja (Bjørg Riiser-Larsen). Lust turns to resentment, as Erik realises Sonja is a woman he cannot control, and their differences in class threaten to erupt into cruelty and violence.

Edith Carlmar’s debut delivers a frankness about toxic relationships and what happens after passions fade; the spiky exchanges between the leads are reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman. Her visual flourishes create a unique and provocative work that critiques male paranoia, while offering a complex and sometimes empathetic male lead, who makes terrible decisions in his search for love.

1949 Norway Dir Edith Carlmar 88 min 35mm presentation

 

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