H.C.E.: A Dream of Western History by Richard Sylvarnes
(2006) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, 87 min
“We are prepared to go to the gates of hell…but no further.” It is night. It is dark. Out from this night emerges the voice of a six-year-old girl who becomes our guide through the hours of darkness as we dream of western history. She leads us through the tumultuous centuries from Napoleon to Jesus, Socrates to Superman. As we descend deeper into the dream we bounce around wildly from images and stories of love, war, pain, joy, resistance, and quest. The film has the appearance of being conceived in the nineteenth century and born in the twenty-first, as if constructed by some modern digital zoetrope. “H.C.E.” is a tragicomedy where mythology, history, literature, and comic books all collapse into dream logic as a testament to our human endeavor. “H.C.E.” premiered in THE New York competition at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and is part of a larger exhibition that includes 80 photographic prints and a mutoscope under the title “Here Comes Everybody”.
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