Archive of films Phantoms of a Libertine / Phantoms of a Libertine

United Kingdom
2012, 10 min

Section: Tribute to Ben Rivers
Year: 2014

Mysterious noises accompany pages turning in a traveler’s album from decades earlier. The movie is no biopic of the never-seen subject; it merely sets out on his trail to create its own story about where the trail may lead and why.


Old photographs bear traces of a mysteriousness that intensifies if we place them side by side. The archive of a man who traveled throughout the 20th century presented just such a plethora of photographs, objects, and documents – as well as numerous questions. This time Rivers uncovers a personal history not through face-to-face confrontation, but via traces of a past that he doesn’t perceive as even remotely solid and definitive. The libertine’s story may thus take a number of forms, even if the same powerful mood here engulfs them all.


Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 5JF, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 203 141 2960
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, 16 mm

Section: Tribute to Ben Rivers
Director: Ben Rivers
Screenplay: Ben Rivers
Dir. of Photography: Ben Rivers
Editor: Ben Rivers
Producer: Ben Rivers
Contact: LUX


Ben Rivers

Film Director


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