1981-1990AdventureDanièle Huillet and Jean-Marie StraubFrancePhilosophy
Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub – Der Tod des Empedokles (1987)
Noted modernist German filmmakers Daniele Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub are behind this evocative minimalist retelling of the tragic story of Empedocles, a Greek philosopher and statesman who lived in the fourth century BC. To prove himself a god and therefore, immortal, Empedocles hurled himself into the burning caldera of Mount Etna and survived. There are four slightly different versions of the film available.