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STRANGE HAPPENINGS: THE COLLECTED CHRISTIAN DOHERTY, VOL 1


By tomsoterwriting - Posted on 16 December 2011

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STRANGE HAPPENINGS
The Collected Christian Doherty
Vol. 1: Short Films
 
$9.99 + $3.00 P & H
 
For the very first time on one DVD, the bizarre, exciting, and unusual short movies of Apar Films founder Christian Doherty.
 
VISUAL HORROR (1971)
A bizarre, plot-less film was one of Doherty’s first, a surreal collection of random images of violence as two young men try to destroy each other. 
 
THE PLACE (1972)
This offbeat horror story - Doherty's expressionist take on a Twilight Zone-style tale – is a bizarre portrait of a man on the edge of madness, all set in a castle in Mayberry! No chases, no guns, a lot of long takes, and, of course, some crazy violence.
 
THE THEFT OF REASON (1973)
A bank robber (Alan Saly) defies two strange cops (Tom Sinclair, Tom Soter) to capture or kill him if they can. Directed in gritty, handheld style by Christian Doherty, the short film finds the hunted and the hunters traveling from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty in the director's patented logic-be-damned-isn't-this-shot-great? style.
 
THE PHOTOGRAPHER (1973/2009) 
Filmed on location in London, this strange little gem features Tom Soter as a photographer/tourist who may or may not be paranoid. Is someone following him or not? The movie was shot in 1973 but remained unedited for over 30 years. Finally, Soter and Doherty got together in 2009 to assemble the footage and they used footage from Don't Live for Tomorrow and The Sandman to give a deeper meaning to the story.
 
THE SANDMAN (1973)
Shot on location in Crete, this bizarre film was one of Doherty’s last and best, a surreal picture of a friendship gone wrong that builds with relentless intensity to the twist ending.
 
EXTRAS INCLUDE A FAUX DOCUMENTARY SHOT IN 1988 AND A SHORT 1975 FILM DIRECTED BY TOM SOTER, STARRING ALAN SALY.