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The Death of Empedocles

Der Tod des Empedokles, Trauerspiel in zwei Akten von Friedrich Hölderlin 1798 - oder: wenn dann der Erde Grün von neuem euch erglänzt

France, West Germany, 1987


An enemy of the priestly state, the philosopher Empedocles is cast into darkness, suffering the torments of loneliness and doubt, but finds renewed strength, even immortality, through the will of the people.

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The Death of Empedocles Directed by Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub

Critics reviews

In Too Early Too Late, long lingering looks at the Egyptian countryside traversed by villagers and animals provided a kind of lens through which one could read an offscreen recitation of Mahmoud Hussein’s text. In The Death of Empedocles, Holderlin’s text provides a lens through which we can “read” the natural landscape of Mount Etna and environs (which, by the way, are beautifully shot in 35-millimeter by Renato Berta).
December 02, 1988
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