Tuesday, 26 March 2013
STILLE NACHT I: DRAMOLET - BROTHERS QUAY - 1988
A very short and complex film looking at 'psychic imprisonment'. 1min and 47secs including titles and credits. 'All matter is alive'. About the author Robert Walser who was in a mental instition from 1933 until his death in 1956 at 55. Robert Walser's writing is a key reference for the Brothers Quay in their films. This could be looked on as an extremely distilled and articulate symbiosis of a thesis and design project in film. Robert Walser died walking in the snow, his last few footsteps being recorded in a photograph.
'A characteristic of Walser's texts is a playful serenity behind which hide existential fears. Today, Walser's texts, completely re-edited since the 1970s, are regarded as among the most important writings of literary modernism. In his writing, he made use of elements of Swiss German in a charming and original manner, while very personal observations are interwoven with texts about texts; that is, with contemplations and variations of other literary works, in which Walser often mixes pulp fiction with high literature.'