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The Thousand Steps

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produced by
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directed by Benjamin Peyton (= Chris Milewski)
starring Ryan Capizzi, Karen Barbeau, Terry Reilly, Tom Meyers
written by Mary Smith (= Chris Milewski), in part based on Dante Alighieri's Inferno, music by Peter Krasinski

short, silent

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Frederick (Ryan Capizzi) was born into money and never has worked a single day in his life - so far -, and in fact has looked down on those less fortunate than him ... until the stock market crashed, draining him of all his hard-inherited money. And not being able to find any work in a weakened economy, he's reduced to living from scraps - until he meets a priest (Tom Meyers) who tells him instead of asking the Lord for fresh fortunes, he's to descend the thousand steps - not letting on though that these thousand steps might just lead to his true, cruel fate ...

 

Sure, the story of The Thousand Steps might be a bit on the simplistic and maybe even overly moralistic side -  but then again, this film is very clearly to be understood as an hommage to early, silent cinema, when the medium was still so new that the stories had to be very on-the-nose to be understood. And as an hommage, The Thousand Steps works beautifully, it really understands the earlier silent era both in terms of style and story, buts a great emphasis on atmosphere, and rolls out its story at a deliberately relaxed pace, to make this one an out-of-time experience - but a very worthwhile one.

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