Author: Syeedah Eesha Rashid

September 23, 2016 / / Main Slate Archive

My first thought when witnessing the titular Girl for the first time is that she is beautiful. However as the plot progresses her beauty transitions into something a bit more frightening, and above all powerful. This is one of the simplest ways to describe Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. It serves as an eye-catching mash up of horror, spaghetti western, thriller and suspense in a way that suggests one genre then leads you down towards another. By the end we are left in the hands of the characters, who wield all the power and control of their own fates.

As technology improves and an increasing number of films are made, it is easy to have earlier films lost, embellished, and buried within history. Therefore, when the footage of a presumed lost film does survive, intact and is restored, it is important to consider what made it worth preserving in the first place. Fritz Lang’s 1921 film DESTINY (DER MÜDE TOD) solidifies Lang as a rarity in an already new industry. It serves as an example of a film that remains relevant nearly a century later. The tale’s simplicity is deepened by his technical mastery and unique form of storytelling, which hints at Lang’s future success as a filmmaker. It’s the rare type of film that clearly articulates one of the most complex principles that make up our humanity: Love and Death.