La Comtesse de Castiglione

I saw this short film about two weeks ago and have been meaning to write a post about it since. It is absolutely brilliant. I try not to throw around word like “genius” “brilliant” or “inspiring” unless I really mean it, and in this case I feel like the adjective is completely deserved. Aside from how visually engrossing it is, I’m particularly drawn to the use of sound throughout the piece; it feels like it came straight from my subconscious. There isn’t much information online about this piece, other than that it was directed by David Lodge and was inspired by photographs of Virginia Oldoini, who was the real-life Countess of Castiglione, and was known for having eyes that changed color from green to violet.

Please watch it so that I have someone to speak to about how amazing it is, and be patient with the first two minutes or so – the story builds slowly, but it is so beautiful and haunting that it is well worth extending one’s attention span.




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