Beneath The Skin

Cecelia Condit

1981, 12:00 minutes, colour, English


In Beneath The Skin a "true" murder story, originally heard on television news, is retold numerous times with complications, contradictions and embellishments. The narrator's frightening fascination with the incident is both intensified and mocked by visuals which seem sometimes to ground the story and other times to go too far. But, after all, idealistic cliches are sensational too, and real life is nervous laughter.

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Critical Writing

Lost in the Badlands
by Kerrie Welsh.
Cecelia Condit
by Mary Lucier and Cecelia Condit.
Overcoming the Family Script
by Kelly Mink. Afterimage, Jan 1998, v. 25, no. 4. Rochester: Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1998.
'Uncanny' Feminism: The Exquisite Corpses of Cecelia Condit
by Patricia Mellencamp. Afterimage, Sept. 1986, v. 14, no. 2.
Speculations: Narrative Video by Women
by Helen deMichiel. The Independent, Apr. 1985, v. 8, no. 3.
An Interview with Julia Lesage
by Lorraine Kenny. Afterimage, Oct. 1985, v. 13, no. 3.
Revising Romance: New Feminist Video
by Marita Sturken. Art Journal, Fall 1985, v. 45, no. 3.
Love Stories
by Kathleen Hulser. American Film, Nov 1, 1985, v. 11, no. 2. New York: MediaBistro Inc., 1985.