The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1978) by Raul Ruiz

Sunday, June 9, 1985, 8:00 pm

Raul Ruiz’ The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

1978, directed by Ruiz, written by Ruiz and Pierre Klossowski, 67 min. San Francisco premiere. Born in Chile, Ruiz is self-exiled and currently living in France. His films, though just beginning to be shown in the U.S., have earned Ruiz a reputation as one of the world’s leading innovators of narrative film. “Ruiz appropriates many familiar narrative forms (documentaries, educational films, horror stories), and redefines them in surprising new ways.” (Richard Pena) Hypothesis… is a macabre tale of a pompous art collector whose paintings come unexpectedly to life. “A genuine horror movie — not because it depicts horrific events, but because it conveys the horror that lies behind horror, the pressure of hidden feeling that generates our nightmares.” (Larry Kart)