Daina Krumins     Artist/Filmmaker/Writer

The Divine Miracle

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1973 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 5' 00

 

An intriguing composite of what looks like animation and pageant-like live action is The Divine Miracle, which treads a delicate line between reverence and spoof as it briefly portrays the agony, death and ascension of Christ in the vividly coloured and heavily outlined style of Catholic devotional postcards, while tiny angels (consisting only of heads and wings) circle like slow mosquitoes about the central figure. Ms. Krumins tells me that no animation is involved, that the entire action was filmed in a studio, and that Christ, the angels and the background were combined in the printing. She also says it took her two years to produce it. (Edgar Daniels)

A surrealist translation of Catholic devotional postcard imagery set into unsettling motion, The Divine Miracle took two solid years of labor-intensive work to make, and features a hypnotic original soundtrack by composer Rhys Chatham. (Mark Toscano)

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