"The oneirically definitive house must retain its shadows." -- Gaston Bachelard
Casa Loma was the unfinished dream mansion of Canadian industrial magnate Henry Pellatt. A self-made millionaire, Pellatt was derided by fellow aristocrats for nouveau-riche pretentions: the house and its décor considered by many an ornate fake. Its original contents were sold at Pellatt's bankruptcy auction in 1924.
Today the building is a museum; its current curators filling its halls with furniture and trappings of the general era. In one corridor, carefully lit, is a folk-art portrait of two dogs accompanied by the sentimental epithet, "Dignity and impudence."
The movie has three sections--the first in a cellar tunnel, the next in a first-story workroom near the stables, the third in the tower's summit.
Part of Ross Lipman's experimental documentary compilation, "the perfect heart of flux," also available through CFMDC.