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Film info: Les Avatars de la mort d'Empédocle

Film Information

Original Title Les Avatars de la mort d'Empédocle
English Title
Director Jean-Paul Toraille
Year 2009
Format Digibeta
Colour Color
Duration 53 min
  • Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet, Vladimir Baratta, William Berger, Martina Baratta
  • Fotografía: Jean-Paul Toraille
  • Montaje: Jean-Paul Toraille, Catherine Quesemand
  • Producción: Jean-Paul Toraille


In the summer of 1986, Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub were shooting Der Tod des Empedokles in the park of an old Sicilian mansion as well as on a clearing at the foot of Mount Etna. Assistant cameraman Jean-Paul Toraille toyed around, so to speak, with his first video camera as he filmed the daily work on the set. Now, 24 years later, he was asked by Jean-Marie Straub to edit the material and make a film out of it. Anyone who expected this film would be an austere affair, an exercise entirely devoid of humor, or a Straubian tour de force, was proven wrong: all that lightness, joy, concentration, and wait-outs for the sun to come out –with even some straight-up slapstick in between– are hard to find anywhere else. As its director points out, Les Avatars de la mort d’Empédocle is not so much a “making of” as a “making in”.

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