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Dust Devil: The Final Cut (1993)

Cast: Robert John Burke, Chelsea Field, Chelsea Field, more...
Director: Richard Stanley, Richard Stanley
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Severin, Subversive Cinema
Genre: Cult, Foreign, Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Africa, South Africa, Documentary, Religion, Military, Conspiracies
Languages: English
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Dust Devil: The Final Cut (1993)
In this stylish supernatural horror story, Hitch (Robert Burke), a mysterious loner, wanders the deserts of the African nation of Nambia as he searches for the lost and suicidal. Hitch is wanted by the police in connection with the death a woman whose blood was used in a strange magic ceremony. A shaman consulted by the police and a pathologist investigating the killing believe that Hitch is a "Dust Devil," an evil spirit who can shift shape at will, taking the form of a man when it's convenient. Meanwhile, Hitch encounters Wendy (Chelsea Field), a woman who is despondent after the collapse of her marriage. Wendy gives him a ride along a lonely highway, and later that night, as Wendy contemplates suicide, Hitch waits patiently outside her door. The next day, Wendy runs into Hitch again and casually looks through his bag to discover that it's filled with human fingers. Convinced that Hitch is no harmless eccentric, she tries to escape, but she discovers that he's difficult to get away from; meanwhile, Mark (Rufus Swart), Wendy's ex-husband, is searching for her, convinced that she's fallen victim to foul play. Dust Devil has been released in a number of different forms; the original European cut ran 125 minutes, while the American version, which features redubbed voices and a different narration, ran only 87. The "final cut" prepared by director Richard Stanley, meanwhile, is 103 minutes in length. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Dust Devil: The Final Cut (Work Print Version) (1993)
A reconstruction of the Work Print released, 22 minutes longer than the Final Cut version.

The Secret Glory (1993)
Combines rare archival footage, old letters and photographs to tell the story of Otto Rahn (1904-1939), who worked in Ahnenerbe, a Schutz-Staffel division in Nazi Germany. Rahn was convinced he knew where to find the Holy Grail and, after being nominated an SS officer, he finally had the resources to persue it. What he discovered remains as mysterious as his untimely death in 1939. "Stanley manages to conjusr up the vision of a grand quest, which began in the 13th century and hasn't lost its alluring power until today." -Oldenburg Film Festivel Website

The White Darkness/Voice of the Moon (2002/1990)
Voice of the Moon: This 30-minute series of images Stanley recorded while he was in Afganistan in the late 80's with some Mujahadin rebels [and also the late war journalist Carlos Mavroleon (1958-1998), who torn to pieces by the Russian invasion. During the shooting, Stanley also encountered the Taliban. Originally made for UNICEF, the film lacks narration save for a Sufi poem. Instead, it is accompanied by Simon Boswell's brilliant score. The White Darkness: In the year 2000, Richard Stanley was commissioned by BBC to film a Haitian segment for their documentary series Last of the Medicine Men, focusing on Voodoo practices. Wandering around the countryside and recording their observations, the crew witnessed at first-hand that 'voudou', usually coined re-animating the dead, is mostly about interacting with and being possessed by otherworld spirits, a tradition which he lived through the occupation and missionary eras and has just recently been acknowledged as a certified religion among others.

GreenCine Member Ratings

Dust Devil: The Final Cut (1993)
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5.63 (19 votes)
Dust Devil: The Final Cut (Work Print Version) (1993)
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7.25 (8 votes)
The Secret Glory (1993)
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4.00 (2 votes)
The White Darkness/Voice of the Moon (2002/1990)
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5.00 (2 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

twisted narrative, good footage by bennye March 2, 2008 - 8:09 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
together made for a film worth watching, with the caveat that you might want to keep some soda near by should you get a stomach from the narrative arch and some of the footage. All in all, I wasn't convinced of the importance of the main character, Otto Rahn, and the presentation of his life as one in which his participation in the Holocaust was somehow 'different' than for others because he had the soul of a poet.

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