The Thinking Machine 15

At That Very Moment

Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López reflect on the art of filmmaking in monthly video essays.

At the very same moment, two women are caught in a waking dream, and their adventures intertwine… In cinema, the genres of horror and the “woman in peril” thriller have frequently overlapped to form a Female Gothic tradition. This impulse goes back a long way. Within a year of each other, F.W. Murnau’s classic Nosferatu (1922) conjured a dark web of (female) desire and fear (of the male) that also appealed, albeit in a different key, to Germaine Dulac for her surrealistic “comedy of bourgeois manners”, The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923).