suddenly, last summer (1959)

The twisted world of Suddenly, Last Summer is nothing if not seductive in its explorations of the macabre. Nature and the world around us as an endlessly seething ocean of things consuming other things, beasts devouring other beasts. Even the poet himself, the ghost that haunts our film, Sebastian, a consuming spirit, a wraith of manipulation, using the flock he saw in front of him all over the world to inform his condemnation of it. From the bizarre and grotesque world of early twentieth century sanitariums, where scientific minds categorized other minds as mentally deformed, decreeing them to become further deformed by the surgical cleansing of the medical community; 'cured' through mutilation, a circumcision for the mind.