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Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub – Schwarze Sünde (1990)

This is the Straubs’ film of Hüolderlin’s third attempt at Empedokles’s death. Read More »

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.
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