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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They were pulling her out of the river

when I got there

more water than blood in her

at that point.

- Was she able to speak?

- No.

She stopped breathing

OK, that should be enough

Detective Aubrey, despite

some irregularities...

with regards to proper

Police procedures,

We will not be proceeding

any further with our inquiry.

Six weeks have elasped...

since the last Uncle Eddie murder.

And that itself suggest that

the public interest has been served

Congratulations on your promotion

to detective first grade.

This afternoon

Detective Stan Aubrey,

lead investigator in

the Uncle Eddie's case...

The death of primary suspect

in the Uncle Eddie murders...

ended this morning.

...these horrible murders.

The circumstances

surrounding the shooting...

remain as yet unclear.

Linked by their gruesome art...

while presenting the awards...

as a model officer,

responsible for bringing one of

the city's

most disturbing case.

Come on.

Wait, wait, wait.

- Wait, my hat.

- Get up.

Hey, OK?

Don't be seduced.

Avoid psychological


related to the killer's intent

We may never know

why he did what he did.

He may never know.

Treat the boundaries of the

crime scene like a frame,

and limit your analysis to what

is presented within it.

Stick with it,

don't rush things,

and above all, in your initial

encounter with the crime scene,

trust your own eyes.

Remember, all you really have

is what the killer left behind

His work is pathetic,

if you will.

OK, we'll pick up

there next week.

Ninety three.


Well you better get him out out of here.

'Cos north of the lamp post is ours

Do us all a favour

and walk away from this one?

Walk away and take him

Gonna ask some of you questions.

We got a preliminary statement

Stan, don't recognize you.

How've you been?

Good, I'm good

Action is in there

Chew a little easier

on the protocol, eh pal?

Brainerd called me.

Brainerd called him, eh


You come in the morning, alright?

See, I'm getting promoted.

You and I going to be peers.


I got to tell you I had a bad case of

deja vu, I didn't work the caper.

- What caper?

- What caper?

The caper. Uncle Eddie.

Isn't that why Brainerd brought you in?

No, no, no, you're cold.

We held up turning it down

till you got here

Yes, it's the kind of smell like it

gets inside you, doesn't it?

Billy, video.

I call that a conversation piece.

It is a camera obscura.

A device used in

the Renaissance...

to draw in perspective.

May I?

Hey, Hey! You want to hold off

on that until I mark the aperture?

The pinhole focuses the light.

- You have that flashlight?

- Yah.

Take it down

I would love to get up there.

I do not know, man.

I could smell it down the hallway.

Did you see they called Stan Aubray in?

Nope. Hey, he's on one of my classes

I thought they retired him already


- Wanna buy you breakfast.

- No, I'm going straight to bed.

I think I'm getting a cold.


What are you doing, Stan?


- About what?

- Wearing the fabric.

That's what my mon used to say

is to touch things all the

time wear them down.

That's why you're good

at what you do.

You never mentioned your mother before.

She live in the city?

Staying sober?

Four years and three months.

You're gonna ask me that everytime?

Yes, it's certainly the best

place to get to know someone.

Or maybe that's the idea.

You probably you keep

a girl like me...

at every donation center.

It's so weird to think of my blood

in someone else's body.

You know, if you'd run into me

a couple of months later, then you

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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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