“Glossary of Delusions” is a meditation on some ideas of Shakespeare and Caravaggio. Both of them were fascinated with passion, death, madness, and in this film characters enact their climatic demise, as well as the foreboding of doom. Alongside narcissist solitude, there are possibilities for romantic love. Garish pungent colors sometimes, and sometimes monochrome scenes, symbolic of the era’s palette. Layered acoustic piano soundtrack is meditative.

  • Sam Samore
    Mirror of Happiness, 2012
  • Sam Samore
    Dead in Paris, 2021
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
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    6 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2010
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    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    France, Turkey
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Director Biography - Sam Samore

I have written four published collections of fairytales. Also exhibited paintings, photographs, and installations around the world. Besides many shorts, I have written and directed two feature length “artist films”: Hallucinations/Paradise, 2010 and Mirror of Happiness, 2022. I received a BA in Film /Television at San Francisco State University, and a MFA from the University of New Mexico.

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Director Statement

This film follows ideas from the Theatre of the Absurd - celebrating the sensibilities of such writers as Gertrude Stein and the stream of consciousness narratives of James Joyce. In cinema “Glossary of Delusions” continues in the footsteps of the pioneer Luis Buñuel. Recent examples of Magic Realism would include “The Lobster” by Yorgos Lanthimos, as well as the work of Brit Marling.