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This 1970 experimental opus from composer-cum-director Mauricio Kagel (subtitled as "a report by" the filmmaker, and shot entirely in black-and-white) explores the subject of Ludwig von Beethoven in non-narrative, non-linear mode, breaking down the barriers between fiction and documentary to produce an essay film hybrid. Kagel first employs a string of dissociative images shot "from the vantage point" of Beethoven, with a first-person-perspective tour through his personal workspace, his cellar, his bathroom and his hayloft. The picture then abandons this semblance of narrative and moves completely into free-form mode, with a satirical discussion about the composer and his compositions culled from television, and various riffs on the subjects of his psychological impact on listeners, the size of his cranium, his deafness, and the like. At one point, Kagel also conducts an extended interview with one of the great man's descendants.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2008
UPC: 0025091500673
Original Release: 1970
Source: Winter & Winter
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 73,176

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ludwig Van
1. Stefan Wewerka Shaving [:51]
2. Beethoven's Arrival in Bonn [12:21]
3. Fire Drain and Kitchen in the Beethoven House (Joseph Beuys) [3:42]
4. Bathroom, Beethoven Busts Made of Lard and Chocolate (Diter Rot) [5:23]
5. Living Room of the Beethoven House (Ursula Burghardt) [3:14]
6. Music Room (Mauricio Kagel) [6:56]
7. Lumber Room of the Beethoven House (Robert Filliou) [1:51]
8. Garden and Washhouse (Ursula Burghardt) [2:37]
9. Rhinepromenade Near Bonn [1:11]
10. Shipping With Orchestra [6:18]
11. Internationaler Frühschoppen [11:17]
12. Beethoven's Descendant in the Middle of a Field [3:15]
13. Schuldt at the Typewriter [1:23]
14. Magic With Old Props [2:27]
15. Medical Demonstration Material [1:49]
16. Beethoven "In Questa Tomba Oscura" (Carlos Feller, Bass-Baritone) [2:57]
17. Laboratory: Piano Playing of the Pianist Klaus Lindemann [5:24]
18. Props Museum [1:37]
19. Playing of the Famous Pianist Linda Klaudius-Mann [7:37]
20. Zoo/Men' Choir of WDR [6:36]
21. Credits [1:43]

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