Near Munich, in Bavaria, Germany, is the Schleißheim Palace, where French filmmaker Alain Resnais shot his film Last Year at Marienbad in 1960. Nearby is the Dachau concentration camp, where thousands of people were killed between 1933 and 1945. An essay about the present and the past, beauty and horror, life and death.
Rappaport’s latest video is an extraordinary and profound exploration of the spatial, textual, historical and thematic threads that join together Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad and Night and Fog, Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, the short film career of Françoise Spira, the representation of the Holocaust in films like Von Trier’s Europa and Pakula’s Sophie’s Choice, and the material legacy of Dachau Concentration Camp.
Moving beyond the often-playful speculation of many of Rappaport’s works, this haunted film spirals into the heart of 20th century history, cinema, psycho-geography and atrocity.
437MB | 29m 21s | 1280×720 | mkv