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Negative Man

West Germany, 1985 (MIFF 1987)

Director: Cathy Joritz

A scratch film which foregrounds the superficial self-importance of male authority figures. As the anonymous Negative Man indulges in the endless sermon, he undergoes a series of mutations directly scratched by the filmmaker onto the film emulsion, thus giving the man at least on-the-surface attributes. An hilarious film that turns the tables on the manipulator but is more than a simple example of revenge.

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