Category: Of Love and Other Demons by Justine A. Smith

A Vague Visages Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine Peres Smith

Baby Doll Movie Essay - 1956 Elia Kazan Film

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Baby Doll’ Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

A Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

House by the River Movie Essay - 1950 Fritz Lang Film

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘House by the River’

“While Lang never fully embraced socialist principles over the course of his career, he always seemed to have a violent distaste for the men who stood on the shoulders of those who were less fortunate, knowing full well that social class does not correlate a strong moral conscious.”

The Woman in the Window Movie Film

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘The Woman in the Window’ (Fritz Lang, 1944)

“The film has an unusually conservative vibe for a noir, maintaining that the status quo may be boring but criminality has nothing to offer — not even carnal thrills.”

Someone's Watching Me

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Someone’s Watching Me!’ (John Carpenter, 1978)

“Carpenter doesn’t frame the film as being about an outlier male abuser, but a culture that has little respect for a woman’s personal space.”

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Christine’ (John Carpenter, 1983)

“In many ways, ‘Christine’ reflects a skepticism of the ‘I take what I want, when I want it’ system that emerges when consumerism becomes the dominant ideological force of society.”

Prince of Darkness Movie Essay - 1987 John Carpenter Film

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Prince of Darkness’ (John Carpenter, 1987)

“At the heart of ‘Prince of Darkness,’ the failures of religion and science reflect the limits of the human mind to grasp the immensity of the universe and our menial position within it.”

In the Mouth of Madness Essay - 1994 John Carpenter Film

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘In the Mouth of Madness’ (John Carpenter, 1994)

“In John Carpenter’s ‘In the Mouth of Madness,’ the delicate reality in which we live exists only as far we as believe it.”

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Auto Focus’ (Paul Schrader, 2002)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Patty Hearst’ (Paul Schrader, 1988)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

American Gigolo Movie Essay - 1980 Paul Schrader Film

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘American Gigolo’ (Paul Schrader, 1980)

“‘American Gigolo’ doesn’t necessarily work as a neo-noir, but it still has enough romance and intrigue to be well worth watching.”

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Hardcore’ (Paul Schrader, 1979)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘The Devil Is a Woman’ (Josef von Sternberg, 1935)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Blonde Venus’ (Josef von Sternberg, 1932)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Underworld’ (Josef von Sternberg, 1927)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘The Docks of New York’ (Josef von Sternberg, 1928)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Suicide Club’ (Sion Sono, 2001)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Cold Fish’ (Sion Sono, 2010)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Tokyo Tribe’ (Sion Sono, 2014)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Why Don’t You Play in Hell?’ (Sion Sono, 2013)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Top of the Lake’ (Jane Campion & Garth Davis, 2013)

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith