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Patience: The DVD

Patience DVD

The DVD of Grant Gee’s film Patience (After Sebald) has been released.  I’ve written about Gee and his film several times, but here’s the primary link on the content of Patience (After sebald), which also bears the subtitle A Walk Through The Rings of Saturn.  The DVD contains one “extra”: a 20-minute “Ambient Visual Representation of the Film by The Caretaker.”  The ambient musician The Caretaker was responsible for the score for Patience, and this short video piece combines layered images from the film with The Caretaker’s layered music and sounds into a meditative, almost abstract experience.  The DVD is available from the distributor and other sources.

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Here’s a bit more information about ambient musician The Caretaker (you can buy the music here).

The Caretaker, James Leyland Kirby, returns with a long-in-the-making soundtrack to acclaimed filmmaker Grant Gee’s documentary about German writer WG Sebald. Patience (After Sebald)… Much like The Caretaker’s oeuvre, Sebald’s works are particularly focused on themes of memory, both personal and collective, making Kirby the ideal candidate for this score. Grant tasked him with soundtracking responsibilities, but rather than thrift shop shellac, the source material for Patience was sourced from Franz Schubert’s 1827 piece Winterreise and subjected to his perplexing processes, smudging and rubbing isolated fragments into a dust-caked haze of plangent keys, strangely resolved loops and de-pitched vocals which recede from view as eerily as they appear.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hermeneut #

    It’s a dreadful film, traducing every one of Sebald’s careful meditations on the politics of representation. The final image of Sebald in a bush is an embarrassment and a travesty.

    November 29, 2013
    • It is a deeply beautiful film, wholly commensurate with Sebald.The final image reduced me to tears

      November 29, 2013
  2. Huw #

    It is deeply beautiful and delightful film. All the participants are excellent (with Katie Mitchell particularly good). The last sequence is both amusing and moving. Buy it!

    December 8, 2013

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