Thursday, November 15, 2007

Das Leben ist wieder schön

Besides coming home to be greeted by a stunning Baske fisherman, what could be more life affirming than to return from a business trip and reach down to find this at your front door. Nothing spells the holidays to me than dark, dismal Weimar culture, and having Fassbinder's take on it, in all 14 filthy episodes of Berlin Alexanderplatz, his epic swan song. Ive even cheated a bit an sneaked a peak at the short 1931 version of the story in the supplements section. There will be true reason to give thanks this turkey day.

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At 5:07 AM, Blogger kimy said...

oh, fassbinder has been buried in the recesses of memory. thanks for the tickle. love his films - jeez, it's probably been twenty years since I saw one - maybe that was veronika voss - something after maria braun? definitely have to check to see if the library has any fassbinder (hopefully dvds) - 14 episodes of berlin...definitely might help to get through the cleveland winter.

At 7:57 AM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

This sounds like a lovely weekend.

I love those green and rose glazed ceramics...

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Kimy - Veronica Voss is another Fassbinder favorite. I am sure that some day I will have his complete works. It's a mixed bag that he died before he was 40. He put out consistently amazing work in just over a decade produced more films than most directors do over the course of 50 years. Had he lived to a ripe old age, I can't imagine how many hours I'd spend watching his brilliant but bleak work.

Jill - Oh, and the rains are about to start here, so that will make it perfect. I may save it for the Thanksgiving weekend. I feared that folks might think the Frank Lloyd Wright replicas and Roseville original might people think they were part of the Criterion package, but they seemed so perfectly suited for this still life.

At 3:29 PM, Blogger kimy said...

brilliant and bleak...for some reason two qualities that consistently pull me in when it comes to art. wonder what that's all about?

I did not know he died before 40, a tragedy on all sorts of levels. guess that explains why I never encountered anything new - I obviously was in some sort of 'hole' when he died. I will have to head over to wikipedia or imbd and bone up on fassbinder's biography.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Kimy - Fassbinder lived fast and furious and was clearly self-destructive -- overweight, over self medicated, over worked, over everything. I'd be hard pressed to say if my favorite contemporary German director would be him or Herzog. I think I'd probably prefer spending time with Herzog over Fassbinder for basic sanity.


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