1981-1990CanadaExperimentalR. Bruce Elder

R. Bruce Elder – Lamentations a Monument for the Dead World (1985)

MONOGRAPH is pleased to present a new restoration of R. Bruce Elder’s epic 1985 film Lamentations: A Monument to the Dead World. The restoration was undertaken as part of a larger project to restore and preserve Elder’s monumental film cycle The Book of All the Dead, by filmmaker and scholar Stephen Broomer and the Gatineau Preservation Centre. Lamentations has a total running time of 435-minutes and is composed of two parts. Part one: The Dream of the Last Historian (195-minutes) will commence at 1:00pm followed by an evening intermission. The film will resume at 6:00pm with part two: The Sublime Calculation (240-minutes). There will be an encore presentation on Saturday April 6, 2019, at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge.

“How doth the city sit solitary, That was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations. Behold, Oh Lord; for I am in distress: My bowels are troubled; Mine heart is turned within me; For I have grievously revelled; Abroad the sword bereaveth, At home, there is as death.”

A 42-hour, multi-film cycle created from 1975 to 1994, Bruce Elder’s The Book of All the Dead is perhaps the most ambitious project in the history of cinema. Together the two parts that comprise Lamentations, The Dream of the Last Historian and The Sublime Calculation, form a significant chapter of this epic cycle. An exploration of Dante’s Commedia and Ezra Pound’s Cantos, Lamentations is a vast and compendious film. Its layered imagery shifts dialectically between distinctive, handheld travelogue sequences recorded in Europe and North America, and a series of staged, fixed-perspective character scenes. The presence of layered text over the images is a unifying device; this expositional dialogue revealing the films central concepts of modernity, intimacy, religion, and the nature of subjectivity.

9.38GB | 7h 15m | 1480×1080 | mkv




  1. hello, thanks for sharing this masterpiece!
    does it include English subtitles for all spoken parts, please?

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