By LinnieSarah Helpern
(This piece first appeared in Issue 5 of Belladonna Magazine)
|All photos courtesy of Criterion|
But black sin hath betrayed to endless night. Holy world, both parts and both parts must die. - Holy Sonnets, John Donne
Among those who fancy themselves passionate about the archiving and restoration of classic cinema, it is impossible to deny that Criterion is at the top of the game. Each film is lovingly rescued, sometimes from obscurity, and remastered so that it looks as beautiful as the day it was shot. Generations of movies have been saved by Criterion, many of them horror: The Blob, Peeping Tom, The Brood, and Eyes Without a Face are just a few of the horror classics given the Criterion treatment. Now, we can add Jacques Torneur and Val Lewton’s 1942 supernatural masterpiece, Cat People to that list.