Begotten(Movie, 1989)

| 1h 12min | Genres: Fantasy, Horror
BegottenRating: 2.8/5 (with 8686 votes)
Begotten is a 1989 American experimental horror film written, produced, edited and directed by Edmund Elias Merhige. It stars Brian Salsburg, Donna Dempsy, Stephen Charles Barry, and members of Merhige's theatre company Theatreofmaterial. The film contains no dialogue and mimics the style of aged black-and-white films. Its enigmatic plot, drawn from elements of various creation myths, opens with the suicide of a Godlike figure and the births of Mother Earth and the Son of Earth, who set out on a journey of death and rebirth through a barren landscape. According to art historian Scott MacDonald, the film's allegorical qualities and purposeful ambiguity invite multiple interpretations. Begotten was first conceived as an experimental theater piece with dance and live musical accompaniment, but Merhige switched to film after deciding that his vision would be too expensive to achieve as a production for live audiences. Antonin Artaud and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche were major influences on Begotten, as Merhige believed their ideas and theories had not been explored in film to their full extent. The film's visual style was inspired by Georges Franju's documentary short Blood of the Beasts, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Stan Brakhage's The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, and... ()
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About Begotten

Begotten is the creation myth brought to life, the story of no less than the violent death of God and the (re)birth of nature on a barren earth.

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Additional Information

Production country: United States of America (USA)
Original language: English (EN)
Spoken languages: No Language (XX)
Translated into 9 languages: German (DE), English (EN), Spanish (ES), Hungarian (HU), Italian (IT), Korean (KO), Dutch (NL), Russian (RU), Swedish (SV)
Status: Released
Release date US: 06/05/1991
Screenwriter: E. Elias Merhige
Director of Photography: E. Elias Merhige
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