BLUE SKIES BEYOND THE LOOKING GLASS
EUTERPE • 17m
Combining the mambo and Tibetan sound-effects with cut-out animation and assorted clips of silent film stars, starring (in order of appearance) Eric von Stroheim, John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, Conrad Nagel, Lon Chaney, Alice Terry, Joan Crawford, Lilian Gish, Renée Adorée, May Murray, Gray Cooper, Marion Davies, Marie Dressler, Charles Chaplin, Marie Doro, Buster Keaton, Lionel Barrymore, Lilian Gish and Mary Pickford! It is raucous. It is lush. It is delirium.
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