Of the imposing, super-human visionaries left on earth, Nick Cave and Werner Herzog are two of the most consistent in terms of the clarity and power of their equally large bodies of work. Maine has cause to celebrate both auteurs this weekend, as Herzog's new doc, Lo and Behold plays all weekend at the PMA, and a doc about Cave's latest album, Skeleton Tree, plays Saturday night at the Strand in Rockland at 8pm.
the doc on cave is called One More Time With Feeling, and it plays in 650 theaters around the country over the next few days, just as the album, Skeleton Tree comes out, this friday. it has been described by Cave as a way to avoid publicly talking about his son's sudden and tragic death in 2015, and to address, to some degree, how that tragedy- or any tragedy- can influence one's work as an artist. the film was shot mainly in black in white, and is directed by Andrew Dominik, who collaborated with Cave on the film The Assassination of Jesse James. mournful, therapeutic, and process driven, the film should be an insight into the workings of one of the great minds in music and writing, and a unique introduction to his latest musical output.
its remarkable to see how often cave and collaborator warren ellis' names pop up as musical composers on films these days, and one of the latest, great examples of that is the scoring they did for the film Hell or High Water, which plays currently at the nick in portland. its sort of a heist movie/ modern western, but its aesthetics elevate it out of pure genre territory. not one of my favorite movies of the year, but, a pretty powerful character study that is expertly crafted. it also looks at the rationale behind crime in a thoughtful and damning way. the Bank is the real criminal.
werner turns 74
a couple days ago, werner herzog turned 74. how time flies! (just kidding).
i dont know that there is a director who has ever managed to master both narrative and documentary filmmaking in such a striking and profound way. from the moment his 50 year career began herzog has given equal attention to developing his singular doc style while also putting out some of the world's most important narrative films and imbuing them with such heartbreaking grace, passion and detail toward nature. always a philosopher with or without his distinctive voice overs, herzog looks at the world in an abstract, meditative way- always acknowledging the brutal force of man and our leaning toward our own demise. to have the privelege of looking through the world with herzog's eyes time and again, year after year, is one of cinema's most special gifts. for those not totally up on his work, check out aguire the wrath of god, stroszek, fitzcarraldo, fata morgana, and grizzly man for starters. i just saw my son my son what have ye done this past week for the first time and its awesome to see him still working in experimental realms in his narrative work.
this friday saturday and sunday his new film Lo and Behold is playing at the PMA
- Friday, September 9, 2016 - 2:00pm
- Friday, September 9, 2016 - 6:30pm
- Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 2:00pm
- Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 2:00pm
it looks a bit at how the internet is destroying, reimagining, corrupting and evolving our lives all at once. making us super-human. making a new race. some of his dramatic observations in his thick german accent mixed extremely loud in voice over form, may produce some laughs in the audience but the uncomfortable truths are perhaps best seen with this odd sense of humor, after all.
there's a lot going on in the coming weeks, including the Camden International Film Festival, which is widely considered one of the countries most expertly curated documentary festivals. ill write more soon.