Gregory J. Markopoulos, Du sang, de la volupté et de la mort, 1947-48, 70 min
Introduced by Robert Beavers
Addressing head-on the issue of homosexuality, these three sensual films – the first made by Markopoulos on 16mm, were condemned by the American press, who did not hesitate to call them degenerate. Psyche (1947, 23 min), is inspired by an unfinished novella by Pierre Louÿs, while Lysis (1948, 30 min) and Charmides (1948, 15 min) are based on dialogues by Plato. Shots of contemporary life are combined with fascinating arrangements of objects, books, paintings and textiles, freely punctuating this narrative with mythological references.