Cinema: Quick Cuts

JONATHAN, according to its publicity, is "the first anti-fascist vampire movie" — whatever that might be. It could just as easily be the first ecological vampire movie, or the first to plead the case of needy vampires. The work of Hans W. Geissendorfer, a young West German film maker, Jonathan has less relation to the jugular entertain ments of Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee than to Artaud's theater of cruelty.

It is abstract and opaque. Yet at times it is brutally beautiful, lavishly choreographed — a pagan ritual in evening dress. The script,...

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