Friday, October 23, 2015


My Facebook friend from Italy, Stefano Dalca, otherwise known as Steven Slozz, has stirred a new, sublime, silent film..."Dissonanze Relazionali" ("Dissonances Rationale"). Now, with a catchy title like that, you might wonder what exactly does this curious excursion entail. 

Well, like Dalca's previous film, "Autopsia Di Un Incubo" ("Autopsy of a Nightmare"), "Dissonanze" is a twisted adventure, covering many surreal avenues. 

Unlike "Autopsia", which prides itself on Freudian-injected vignettes from the dream world, "Dissonanze" is slightly more linear, focusing on a mysterious female who lures young men with her mind-gaming charms. Her victims are her prizes, if you will, and her suicidal buffoons. Dalca becomes her latest, tormented captive, though others share his humiliation. (Think Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin", but spun in a campy mode.)

"Dizzonanze" also features other specters (including a stationary, frog-like entity; a haunting, pale-faced persona; and a twitchy chap who's simply spawned from inebriation) and on this basis, could be categorized as horror/fantasy. It's not quite Val Lewton in its insinuated tone, mind you, but neither is it a straight-forward demons-on-the-loose vehicle. Its sojourns reside in their own abstract confines, much like an early David Lynch movie or Carl Theodore Dreyer's "Vampyre", and like "Autopsia", the compilation acts as a reverie transferred to film. Even in the end, "Dizzonanze" remains shamelessly enigmatic: a Dalca/Slozz signature. 

Dalca employs his joyful friends to make his movies, which to date have been photographed in black-and-white, accompanied by waltzing organ music. Each member of the troupe seems to be having fun in their endeavors, evidenced by their broad, tongue-in-cheek pantomime. Dalca is particularly deft when he gets rolling, offering expressions that range from moody frowns to Chaplin/Keaton clownery. 

If you're into imaginative, off-kilter material, Dalca's productions will be right up your alley. Feel free to contact him via Facebook, either under "Stefano Dalca" or "Steven Slozz", and the experimental maestro will take it from there.

(Also, I wish to thank Dalco and his crew for the touching salute I'm granted during the film's credit scroll. I'm deeply touched and most grateful. God bless you guys.)

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