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Photographer Alex Prager’s Latest: ‘A Touch of Evil’

Culture

Photographer Alex Prager’s Latest: ‘A Touch of Evil’

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This week, the Bullett office is completely losing it. Partly because it’s so close to vacation time–but partly because we can’t stop watching this New York Times video series from homegirl Alex Prager (she interviewed artist Asger Carlsen in our Winter issue) featuring actors from some of the most prestigious pictures of the year, and inspired by scenes of fabled villany. Brad Pitt pays a hair-tastic homage to Eraserhead. Rooney Mara does Malcolm McDowell à la A Clockwork Orange. Jessica Chastain watches the city burn–and loves it. George Clooney is some version of a pissed-off Revolutionary War general, while our boy Michael Shannon tries his hand at portraying a Nucky Thompson prototype. But the most terrifying has to be Gary Oldman as a ventriloquist dummy–which really needs no embellishment in order to scare us shitless. Ross Richardson‘s cinematography is brilliantly unsettling (not to mention beautiful)–and owes more to the silent camera for its uncanny effect than anything else.