Begotten (1991, USA) B&W-71m. n/r D: E. Elias Merhige. Starring Brian Salzberg, Donna Dempsey, Stephen Charles Barry. Bizarre, almost legendary video experiment from the later director of SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE (2000). Dialogue-free, black-and-white, with often distorted visuals, this is extremely difficult to watch, as it has little coherence and contains explicit violence and nudity. The "plot" starts with a "god" who kills himself with a razor, then "Mother Earth" gives birth to a deformed creature called the "son of Earth". Impossible to rate, this - like all of expressive visual art - will depend on how you see it. One might ask why this is stretched out beyond short film length. Like it or not, this has become a cult item. Also shown at 78m.

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