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Tabula Rasa
Beta SP 16:30 minutes, 2003

"....a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."

The sensual, with its beauty and possibility of decay, is set beside immutable statues of the Virgin Mary. Images from technological viewing of the body's inner invisibilities — x-ray, MRI, electronic, and tarot—-are juxtaposed with external surfaces — artist's renderings of inscrutable Mary. Skin and blood, paint and plaster hint at inner life.

“…juxtaposes iconic images of the Virgin Mary—eternally young, eternally welcoming, eternally weeping—with medical diagnoses and images of the filmmaker’s own aging flesh…” (Cinematheque Ontario program notes)

Program Notes:

Cinematheque Ontario program notes, Feb. 15, 2006 Praise! Recent Work by Barbara Sternberg written by Chris Gehman

Tabula Rasa credits
Producer/Director/Writer: Barbara Sternberg
Length: 17 minutes
Year of Production: 2003
Sound: Barbara Sternberg
Country of Production: Canada
Exhibition format: vhs, beta sp, mini dv
Preview format: vhs

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