Babette Mangolte

Babette Mangolte – The Sky on Location (1983)

THE SKY ON LOCATION, 1982, 16mm 78 min. Color

On location in the American West,
Co-produced with Zweites Deutches Fernsehen, West Germany.

“Is it possible to confront nature with a real purity of vision? The Sky on Location is a personal meditation on the landscape of the American west that tracks the ruling conception in nature in the 19th and 20th centuries from the pioneers through the instamatic tourists, at the same time that it obsessively follows the four seasons. The elemental vicissitudes of the weather, the exact moment of the day, the color of the light and the soil and the trees form an acute visual record of the constantly changing mood of the landscape. The film successfully attempts, with quiet, passionate, almost single-minded firmness, to confront us as nakedly as possible with our cultural inability to see nature whole, without preconceptions.” – Ernest Larsen Read More »