Friday, July 18, 2008

Oranges and knives, bread and wine. Sicilia!

Here are the beginning and ending of the only Straub-Huillet film I've seen, Sicilia!. Their subtitles are not in English so watching these are a test of my Romance language background understanding; and yet, at the same time, the way the Straubs direct their actors to speak is like music. It's just as pleasurable to simply let the sound run and look at other things. If you speak Italian, though, I imagine it's a different experience. You can appreciate the conversations for their constative elements as much as their musical rhythms (especially during the list at the end), as well as the subtle psychology of the Straubs' editing. It's all in the grammar. Here's that electrifying compulsion: I have to see more. --RWK

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