• Lucian Pintilie’s Reenactment (1969) screens Friday at Facets Cinematheque

In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” a hypnotist is summoned to the home of a dying man and puts him in a trance. As they’re conversing, the man announces that he’s dead, and no one is prepared for what happens when the hypnotist snaps him out of the trance. “As I rapidly made the mesmeric passes, amid ejaculations of ‘dead! dead!’ absolutely bursting from the tongue and not from the lips of the sufferer, his whole frame at once—within the space of a single minute, or even less, shrunk—crumbled—absolutely rotted away beneath my hands. Upon the bed, before that whole company, there lay a nearly liquid mass of loathsome—of detestable putridity.”