This weird little scientific film was a great appetizer before
"Spanish" Dracula which played in BAM's vampire series. I love all the
nutty animals included--octopus, seahorses and ticks! And then the
freaky (did you see him walking around!), tiny bat benignly suckin' the
life out of a very passive guinea pig. It really does connect to the
Dracula/vampire scenario as I've seen it thus far...I'm not a vampire
aficionado but I am really enjoying the films.
The use of Duke Ellington's jaunty (and finally dirge-y) Black and Tan Fantasy in the film is crazy and appropriate in the best way possible!
All of this makes me kind of miss the bats of the castello in Umbria...
Lubitsch is my very favorite. His perfect films screen so rarely and 'tho he used to be central to cinema studies I never once saw one of his films in a class--even in a genre class about musicals. Thank goodness for the Film Forum (despite their plastic bag cracklin',snoring, angry and sometimes odiferous senior demographic--yeah I'm talkin' smack about them, I'll be one of them soon enough) who periodically screen his movies in New York City. But a particularly wonderful Lubitsch experience for me was seeing