The Batista Syndrome
137 min / 2019 / watch on vimeo / official site

"If it is ever believable to group auteur initiatives into those who exhume the previous, those who champion the current, and those who catapult us into the longer term, thenThe Batista Syndrome — Steve Fagin’s retro-futuristic video miniseries — leaps and lands firmly on some refined mixture of all three, remaining there in a balancing act."

"The mission traverses a number of theatrical genres, musical, vaudeville, verité, drama, dream, and soliloquy."

"...dreamy ballet dancers pliéing to a black-and-white video of a 1958 Russian rendition of Giselle; an anthropomorphic, retro-futuristic jukebox — a sort of psychopomp that may entry the world of the useless in alternate for a chocolate coin..."

--The Art and Artifice of Remembering in Steve Fagin’s“The Batista Syndrome”, Susannah Rodríguez Drissi

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