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Guy Maddin directed this surreal short film without dialogue starring his frequent collaborator Isabella Rossellini. In the film, a mysterious woman (Rossellini) wanders into a building that's been taken over by eccentric men with a variety of electrical equipment. The woman is captured and strapped into a primitive electric chair, where she's given shocks by a man who controls the current through tap dancing. As the tableaux becomes more bizarre with the presence of dancing girls and shirtless men operating inexplicable apparatus, the woman wavers between pain and ecstasy as the power passes through her body. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair was produced on a commission from the Rotterdam Film Festival; the film was originally intended to be screened on the side of an office building as part of the festival's Urban Screens program, and was later similarly presented in New York City. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi