Patricia Delso Lucas
Patricia Delso Lucas
I love period pieces, especially if they're done well. "For I Am Dead" falls into that category, a period piece done well. There's just something dreamy about this type of production that also happens to be slightly eerie. Patricia Delso Lucas' short is a textbook example of how to create this type of film and atmosphere. Of that, there is no question.
"For I Am Dead" centers on the life and excesses of a man who literally has everything. A man who has become bored with all life's pleasures but secretly craves one thing - something he just can't seem to have ... especially in his time. The love of someone in his employ. Despite appearances, wealth, and more or less anything he wants, this man feels utterly alone in this world. Doomed to a feeling that simply can not be properly pursued. Again, not in his era, not in his time. Lucas' short film is an excellent example of keeping a lean story while at the same time nearly making sure it is almost endless in context. The story of a person's innermost feelings and struggles. This is a story of a gay man living in the closet of the 1800s.
For those looking for duels, action, and fast-paced filmmaking - this probably isn't going to be the movie for you. "For I Am Dead" is a thoughtful, often painful exploration of what makes a man a man ... and what can break him. There are numerous references that many will instantly identify. Instances such as the inclusion of Lucifer - a borderline overtly open reference to the thoughts of devoted worshippers towards the gay community. But there are many more subtle hints about the true meaning of this film almost from the get-go.
"For I Am Dead" is the thinking person's short film and stands tall as something to think about and discuss. Well written, well acted, and very ... very nice to watch. There's a lot of meat on the bone for such a short film, and to the credit of the filmmaker and all involved, I wished the film were a little longer. Not for everyone - but for those who enjoy the craft that is filmmaking and a slower, more thoughtful production, this one is geared for you. Four stars.