Today would have been the 104th birthday of everyone’s favorite surrealist painter-cum-novelist, Leonora Carrington. To celebrate, I recommend spending your lunch break watching Leonora Carrington and the House of Fear (1992), a documentary based around a trip to Carrington’s Mexico City home, produced by Kim Evans, which includes readings from Carrington’s work by Helena Bonham Carter, and lots of shots inside her gorgeous home and workspace, as well as an excursion to her “haunted” childhood home. “It’s got to do with shape. And there does seem to be some kind of psychic shape to a house,” Carrington says. Considering how long I’ve been trapped in mine, I am inclined to agree.
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