Directed by Panos Cosmatos
Screenplay Panos Cosmatos
Director Panos Cosmatos pays homage to sci-fi films of the 70’s and 80’s with his first feature Beyond The Black Rainbow, a melting pot rich in bold images and thick in retro atmosphere. While many claim Cosmatos exhibits a Kubrikian influence, Rainbow is best described as follows: a Richard Stanley piece on acid, with a dash of THX 1138, echoes of Solaris, the iconography of Luis Buñuel and Kenneth Anger – the music of John Carpenter, the provocative visions of Dario Argento and David Cronenberg, and a narrative structure reminiscent of David Lynch and Ken Russell. Yet despite its cinematic influences, Cosmatos produces something that has a distinct character all its own. Describing what the film is about is a tough task, but it can be said that Black Rainbow explores notions of inter-dimensional time travel
Cinematographer Norm Li’s eye-popping visuals provide a dark and unsettling quality to the pic, set against the omnipresent creepy synth score which helps maintain a hypnotic rhythm. The abrasive and
Beyond The Black Rainbow is austere, cerebral, and sometimes maddening. If you enjoy films that evoke and explore atmosphere and don’t mind missing out on a straightforward narrative, than Rainbow is for you. Everyone else, be warned.
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