Synopsis: Stan is a quiet, solitary detective in New York City. A few months ago, he solved a gruesome case of serial murders, although an undercover police officer lost her life. A new set of similar murders begins: the bodies are elaborately displayed and the killer uses equipment from art and early movie making in the tableau, or he leaves a clue as to where the investigators are to stand to get the full artistic effect. Stan is paired with a younger detective, Carl, whom he brushes off when Carl wants to get to know him. As pieces fall in place, it's a race to prevent the next killing, quite possibly someone close to Stan.
Director(s): Henry Miller
Production: IFC First Take
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before he got that far... yeah?


You see the sutured wound?

Intestines had been removed

The killer went to the trouble of...

removing them

and closing the incision

before he strung him up.

I would have cleaned the body

completely but I want to show you...

The blue is not just discoloration.

The body was painted

before the dust was applied.

It's all over him

I don't see it here.

Just the front of his body.

The side that faced

the aperture.

Like a stage set,

seen from one side.

What, the human slide show...

wasn't kinky enough?

He had to paint the body?

Maybe trying to pretty him up.

Excuse me...

Are you the owner?


You can't put a painting like that

in the window


It is irresponsible.

I don't have to look at that

everytime I leave my apartment.

So, buy it and burn it.

Don't get fresh with me.

You take it down, right now.

- How much is this?

- Fifty dollars.

Why not have more of those?

Pictures of butterflies.

When was the last time

you've seen a butterfly?

- Where did you get this?

- I don't know, a state lot.

- I may need to call you.

- You're a cop?

Its like its stolen?

Hey listen, I just

I found this out on the street,

right in front of my shop.


Nice painting.

We analyzed the paint.

These aren't commercial pigments.

Pull samples

from this case number,

and have the lab

run a comparison.

There is something else.

We did an X-ray

to look for underpaint

This is pretty wild

Look like there was a bird

in the chair in the original image.

I wonder

why he painted over it.

Do you have anything to wrap this up?

I want to take it over there myself

You've been shopping, Stan?

"Mr. Aubrey, Let's talk"


Stan, I wanted to pick your

brain about the case.

What is this?


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Henry Miller

Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer, expatriated in Paris at his flourishing. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new type of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, stream of consciousness, explicit language, sex, surrealist free association, and mysticism. His most characteristic works of this kind are Tropic of Cancer, Black Spring, Tropic of Capricorn and The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy, which are based on his experiences in New York and Paris (all of which were banned in the United States until 1961). He also wrote travel memoirs and literary criticism, and painted watercolors. more…

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