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Implacable Malevolence

  • The Mini Microcinema 1329 Main Street Cincinnati, OH, 45202 United States (map)

Doors at 7:00 PM ... Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Three short films from three countries (France, Poland, and the United States) adapted from horror stories by the Ohio-born misanthrope, Ambrose Bierce.

“The pitiless regularity of this vast rhythm was maddening. I was conscious that it pervaded the entire forest, and was a manifestation of some gigantic and implacable malevolence.” - Ambrose Bierce, from his essay Visions of the Night (1887)

From his experience as a Union soldier and topographer, Ambrose Bierce grew intimate with the hollow heart and unforgiving terrain of a country at war with itself. These films are adaptations from Bierce’s collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, each a nightmare barbed with caustic irony.

Chickamauga (1962) is part of French director Robert Enrico’s Bierce triptych Au coeur de la vie. A child falls asleep in the woods only to awaken in the smoldering aftermath of war. (French with English subtitles, 28 minutes.)

Okno zabite deskami (1971) is a seldom-seen Polish adaptation of Bierce’s story of death and isolation in Appalachia. (Polish with English subtitles, 25 minutes.)

One of the Missing (1979) follows a lone Confederate soldier’s death spiral. Shot in Texas. (English, 54 minutes.)

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Earlier Event: October 24
Lettrist Cinema
Later Event: October 28
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