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Trailer Watch: Klarlund's Provocative 'The Secret Society of Fine Arts' Inspired by 'La Jetee'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 10, 2012 at 12:13PM

"How do you draw the line between art and terror?" That's the tagline in the new trailer for Anders Ronnow Klarlund's "The Secret Society of Fine Arts," an upcoming feature about a violent secret society whose "goal is to set beauty free."
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"How do you draw the line between art and terror?"

That's the tagline in the new trailer for Anders Ronnow Klarlund's "The Secret Society of Fine Arts," an upcoming feature about a violent secret society whose "goal is to set beauty free." The Danish director, who gained international acclaim with 2004's marionette marvel "Strings," looks like he's challenging audiences with this gorgeous, provocative and slightly pretentious movie.

Created through manipulating 3-D still photographs, the film is inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 "La Jetee."  Just a few weeks ago, the New York Times' AO Scott wrote about the influence of the short film about memory and time travel on such films as "The Terminator," "Back to the Future," "Primer," the most recent "Star Trek" movie, and "Looper."  Film and time travel suit each other, he writes:

"The camera is itself a time machine, drawing us simultaneously forward and backward, in the film’s words 'calling past and future to the rescue of the present.'" 

Trailers for the 1962 classic and Klarlund's "The Secret Society of Fine Arts" are posted below.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.