A long-neglected classic of Canadian experimental cinema, a triumph of erotic art, a film about which Gene Youngblood once wrote, “See it and you’ll see a window on the future: a Joyce-Burroughs assemblage of bold, poetic surreal visions of physical love in every conceivable form.
In 1967, John Hofsess released The Palace of Pleasure, a dual-screen therapeutic exploration of the erotic imagination. Intended as a trilogy, only the first two sequences were completed.
The first part, Redpath 25, is a fantasy meeting between a young woman and her dream lover; the second part, Black Zero, is a macabre, ritual vision of sexual freedom and domestic life that haunts the mind long after the screen has darkened.
First pressing, limited edition of 1000.
1967 / 38 minutes / colour / stereo / 2.66:1AR
- Newly restored 4K digital master from the film’s surviving elements, approved by director John Hofsess
- Commentary by film preservationist Stephen Broomer
- The Columbus of Sex: a speculative reconstruction, an exploration of Hofsess’s lost feature film
- The Looking Cure, a video essay by Broomer on Hofsess’s concept of ‘cinematherapy’
- Resurrection of the Body, a speculative sequel to Hofsess’s film
- Liner notes by Hofsess and Broomer
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