Jean-Marie Straub – La madre (2012)

La madre (The Mother).3rd version. 2011. Switzerland. Dir. Jean-Marie Straub. Based on Dialogues with Leucò, by Cesare Pavese. With Giovanna Daddi, Dario Marconcini. In Italian. 20 min.

Gustav Mahler’s 1901 Rückert-Lieder is heard. An English translation:

   I am lost to the world

   with which I used to waste so much time,

   It has heard nothing from me for so long

   that it may very well believe that I am dead!


   It is of no consequence to me

   Whether it thinks me dead;

   I cannot deny it,

   for I really am dead to the world.


   I am dead to the world’s tumult,

   And I rest in a quiet realm!

   I live alone in my heaven,

   In my love and in my song!

In a sun-dappled Tuscan corner, the boar hunter Meleager, having been murdered by his own mother to avenge the tragic accidental killing of his brother and uncle, engages in a tense and melancholic conversation about fragility, resistance, and love with Hermes, who has taken a wise female form. A villa behind knows not its function in these proceedings. This may be the most beautiful movie ever made using the Canon 5D digital camera. (Joshua Siegel – MoMA)

1.46GB | 20m 27s | 1456×1080 | mkv

Subtitles:English hardcoded

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