The Thinking Machine 15: At That Very Moment



At the very same moment, two women are caught in a waking dream, and their adventures intertwine... In cinema, the genres of horror and the “woman in peril” thriller have frequently overlapped to form a Female Gothic tradition. This impulse goes back a long way. Within a year of each other, F.W. Murnau’s classic Nosferatu (1922) conjured a dark web of (female) desire and fear (of the male) that also appealed, albeit in a different key, to Germaine Dulac for her surrealistic “comedy of bourgeois manners”, The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923). © Cristina Álvarez Lopez & Adrian Martin, January 2018