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The Assignation

USA / Italy, 1960 (MIFF 1963, Curtis Harrington Retrospective)

Director: Curtis Harrington

A personal tribute ot the beauty and mystery of Venice, the film is intended to be the visual equivalent of a short lyrical poem. The theme involves the meeting of Death and the Maiden. Edgar Allan Poe wrote a story set in Venice with the same title, and the film's spirit is similar to his evocation of the bejewelled water-veined city.

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