Nothing herein is depicted as straight copulation as much as it seems like the sex is consuming Catherine, causing her to turn inward, like a snake eating its own tail, a kind psychological cannibalism. You see, Jonas Middleton is a man of religious conviction, and God has never been far away from his life and work. Alas, Ober died in 2004. But I digress… Through The Looking Glass was written, produced and directed by Jonas aka Joseph Middleton. The sex in Through The Looking Glass is nothing if not disturbing and it is completely integral to the plot, as well as to understanding the psychological state of its main character, Catherine.
Full of half-thought-out elements like a pair of incestuous servants, pubertal traumas, and a dose of good old Oedipus, this shallow movie hardly rates the 's' in sexploitation. And two of these — Cherry Blossom and Illusions of a Lady — have rarely been seen since their original release in the early 1970s. It is also a handsome production that is well shot, with impressive locations, sets and even has an effective special effect. Would that scribes covering the halls of power could be as straight. She spends much of her time in the attic, in front of a gothic mirror that reminds her of her childhood and teenage years with her father. Hell, the guy even had a feature make it as a quarterfinalist in a screenplay competition as late as 2007.
His work in Through The Looking Glass feels like a distant cousin to the works of Alejandro Jodorowsky or Federico Fellini and one or both of those auteurs undoubtedly inform the experience. The film, which has , experimental elements, concerns a bored socialite who finds herself drawn to a mirror that sexually arouses her. Hollywood is a fickle beast, regardless of talent and skill. Jonas Middleton, from cutting negs in the apple to the the big fest in France, the dream became a reality. The film tricks some interest out of its echoes of countless Gothic woman-in-jeopardy pics, but abandons all in an absolutely risible DantÃ©-esque pastiche at the end. The film has themes of incest and the traumatic effects it has on those who have experienced it. She is essentially retreating into herself, becoming insular, vain, a pitiful narcissist.
This is one of those little gems. Masturbating in front of the ornate mirror in the attic is the only physical release she is capable of. She discovers her father in the sexual hell, which further terrifies her. Running time 91 minutes Country United States Language English Through The Looking Glass released in France as Femme Ou Demon is a 1976 directed by Jonas Middleton and starring Catharine Burgess, , and Laura Nicholson. Now, as an adult, she has refurnished her childhood home but she keeps the old furniture in an arrangement in the attic, specifically the ornate mirror that she associates with her deceased father.
She goes to the attic to be amongst her childhood things because she never really left her childhood. They seem to be inspired by someone with a dream. Likewise, his score for House remains a fan favorite. After all, this is a film using sex to depict the deep emotional scars of incest. Together, Ober and Manfredini combine their strengths and influences to infuse Through The Looking Glass with impressive, foreboding music. The demon exits the mirror and while initially languid upon his approach, Catherine begins to struggle against his advances.
He runs a successful business out on the East Coast, but I can only hope the creative bug bites him hard enough to revisit feature filmmaking. Achieved, most likely, with a fiber optic camera, the shot is a jaw-dropper. The offense inflicted upon her in the past has robbed her of achieving pleasure in the present. Would be great to hear someone On the record about this…. Read about the full story of the Woolworth Mansion, the location for Through the Looking Glass, in.
He has literally tainted everything within her, as well as around her. During that time he rarely thought about the film that was developing such a cult reputation, and when I first contacted him 10 years ago, he was surprised that anyone still remembered it. This is his first recorded audio interview. She is a victim of incest, an act perpetrated by her father. These pique her interest and eventually culminate in a scene where Catherine witnesses her teenage self semi-reluctantly, then enthusiastically, take part in an incestuous encounter with her father. Catherine is horror struck to realize that rather than the lavish world that had been promised to her, the demon has tricked her and that she is there because she chose to focus on sexual illusions and fulfilling her deepest desires rather than try to interact more with the world around her and improve herself as a person. Middleton can be justifiably proud of his film, which is quite an affecting ghost story.
Jonas grants us a rare interview to talk about his three X-rated films from the 1970s — 1972 , 1974 , and 1976 — religion, , , , , , … and the chances of a Through the Looking Glass 2. After her father is finished with the encounter, he remarks to Catherine that this was what she wanted. Her daughter sits in front of the mirror, becoming just as enraptured with it as her mother was. Jonas aka Joseph Middleton Remember in Boogie Nights how all those people were swearing up and down that they were making honest-to-god movies and not just cheap nudie pictures? Her marriage, too, is coolly emotionless and certainly sexless. .