Begotten (1991) USA
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Director:E. Elias Merhige
Studio:World Artists
Producer:E. Elias Merhige
Writer:E. Elias Merhige
Date Added:2006-03-27
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1
Languages:English, Unknown
Features:Black & White
E. Elias Merhige  ...  (Director)
E. Elias Merhige  ...  (Writer)
Brian Salzberg  ...  God Killing Himself
Donna Dempsey  ...  Mother Earth
Stephen Charles Barry  ...  Son Of Earth - Flesh On Bone
James Gandia  ...  
Daniel Harkins  ...  
Michael Phillips  ...  
Erik Slavin  ...  
Arthur Streeter  ...  
Adolfo Vargas  ...  
Garfield White  ...  
Summary: 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. Astounding and baffling critics and audiences alike, BEGOTTEN was named one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1991 by Time Magazine. Time's Richard Corliss wrote: "Nobody will get through BEGOTTEN without being marked... BEGOTTEN is a spectacular one-of-a-kind (you wouldn't want there to be two), filmed in speckled chiaroscuro so that each image is a seductive mystery, a Rorschach test for the adventurous eye." In production notes for the film, director Merhige commented, "Each shot in the film went through hours of preparation to achieve the look you will experience when viewing... the etheral "pulse" that hypnotically permeates the film. It took over ten hours to re-photograph less than one minute of selected takes."
The BEGOTTEN DVD special features include: a souvenir booklet; interactive menus; scene access; the original theatrical trailer; and rare, never-before-seen stills and color production photos. USA, 1991, 78 mins., black & white, digital sound, full format. Unrated. Suggested retail $29.95.