Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera

Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera

A film by Bertrand Bonello | 2016 | 24 minutes

A film about ghosts and madness that is itself a kind of ghost, this short from master Bertrand Bonello (NOCTURAMA, SAINT LAURENT) tells the story of Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune who was driven insane by unseen forces. But that may not be accurate, for SARAH WINCHESTER, GHOST OPERA is as much the story of a production that doesn’t exist — an incomplete work about a fractured life, a sumptuously layered and finely tuned meditation on artistic process and historical truth. To be lost in and perhaps never escaped, GHOST OPERA offers more in 24 minutes than many films three, four, five times its length.


“A beautifully controlled, tonally seductive short. Bonello [is] a long-time proponent of the macabre and an absolute master of mood.”
— Sight & Sound

“Few films at the New York Film Festival will be as stunning and as beautiful.”
— Brooklyn Magazine