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Patience (After Sebald)

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Film still from Patience (After Sebald).

Today is the seventeenth anniversary of the death of W.G. Sebald, and it seemed like a good time for another shout out to Grant Gee’s excellent documentary Patience (After Sebald). I’ve watched Patience numerous times and it never fails to impress me. It’s also a sad reminder of what we lost when Sebald died suddenly at the age of 57. I wrote about Gee’s film shortly after it came out in 2011.

There are several ways to see Patience. It’s currently available on the streaming service Mubi (although, unfortunately, not in the United States). If you aren’t already a subscriber, you could take advantage of whatever promotion Mubi is offering in your location. In some locations they apparently offer a seven-day free trial subscription, while elsewhere the gambit is $1 a month for the first three months. The film is also available to Fandor subscribers. You can either rent or buy a digital version of the film on iTunes or get the DVD on Amazon.

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  1. A timely reminder. I watched Patience 10 days ago, for the third time. I had been to Southwold, walked the cliffs[sic] at Dunwich and the old Friary. Having re-read Rings of Saturn and made a vanity purchase of Die Range Des Saturn, in Aachen, I feel at a good place with WGS. In fact, the Gee film was the motivator of the reading and the wandering.

    December 14, 2018
  2. Paul Hogan #

    Patience was a seminal moment for me, something that caught my attention in the Film 4 listings some years ago. I don’t ever remember watching something as enthralling, as an adult. Perhaps it was the voice over, the slow pace and the shots of the locations. Even now when reading WG’s books that is the voice in my head as I read the lines. I started with Rings of Saturn and am slowly working through his work – purposefully, as I know at a point soon there will be no more Sebald.

    December 15, 2018

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