GO DOWN DEATH
Dir. Aaron Schimberg, 2013.
87 min. USA.
In early 2014 Spectacle presented the firstand only?narrative feature run of Aaron Schimbergs staggering debut feature GO DOWN DEATH. Acclaimed as one of the most distinctive, visually stunning, and greatest undistributed films of 2013, it sits uneasily among rote indie festival programming. Naturally, we feel we make a great pair.
GO DOWN DEATH is a wry, sinister realization of a strange new universe, a cross-episodic melange of macabre folktales supposedly penned by the fictitious writer Jonathan Mallory Sinus. An abandoned warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, stands in for a decrepit village haunted by ghosts, superstition, and disease, while threatening to buckle under rumblings of the apocalypse. Soldiers are lost and found in endless woods, a child gravedigger is menaced by a shape-shifting physician, a syphilitic john bares all to a young prostitute, and a disfigured outcast yearns for the affections of a tone-deaf cabaret singer. Highlighted by offbeat narrative construction, stunning black-and-white 16mm cinematography, and immaculately detailed production design, GO DOWN DEATH is a distinctively original film informed by American Gothic, folk culture, and outsider art.
#1 Best Undistributed Film of 2013 Christopher Bell, IndieWires The Playlist
AN ASTONISHING, OUT OF NOWHERE FILM. Amidst all the cookie-cutter indies, Aaron Schimbergs Go Down Death casts a mysterious spell. A dreamy, highly stylized affair recalling early David Lynch. Highly recommended. Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine
A UNIQUE, STRANGE, UNFORGETTABLE FILM, a half-remembered dream that will trouble and beguile the subconscious long after youve moved on. (A-) Gabe Toro, IndieWires The Playlist
One of the best films of the year! An uncompromising feast of vision and atmosphere. Kentucker Audley, NoBudge
Robert Altman meets Tod Browningan immaculate, offbeat triumph. Rarely do homespun independent filmmakers convey such a distinctly original vision. Jon Dieringer, Screen Slate
Irresistible! Evokes the great novels of William Faulkner, even as Go Down Death offers us a resolutely modern filmic experience. Schimberg appropriates the language of cinema and obeys only the rules he sets out for himself. The result is a thrilling leap into the unknown. Simon Laperrière, Fantasia
Go Down Death is as eccentric and daring as American indie cinema gets. Matthew Campbell, Starz Denver
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