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The life and death of Walter Benjamin

Author: Reiner E Moritz; Michel Tabachnik; Régis Debray; Telmondis (Firm),
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Telmondis, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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In March 2016, Benjamin, Dernière Nuit--composer Michel Tabachnik and librettist Régis Debray's opera about the life of essayist, critic, and philosopher Walter Benjamin--premiered at the Lyon Opera to great acclaim. Reiner Moritz's documentary, The Life and Death of Walter Benjamin, explores the opera and its principal figure through interviews with the opera's creators and clips from the opera itself. Tabachnik  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Documentary films
Internet videos
Excerpts
Named Person: Michel Tabachnik; Michel Tabachnik; Walter Benjamin; Walter Benjamin; Michel Tabachnik
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Reiner E Moritz; Michel Tabachnik; Régis Debray; Telmondis (Firm),
OCLC Number: 1045797445
Performer(s): Michel Tabachnik, composer, commentator ; Régis Debray, librettist, commentator.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (58 min., 1 sec.)) : sound, color.
Responsibility: directed by Reiner E. Moritz ; Telmondis.

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In March 2016, Benjamin, Dernière Nuit--composer Michel Tabachnik and librettist Régis Debray's opera about the life of essayist, critic, and philosopher Walter Benjamin--premiered at the Lyon Opera to great acclaim. Reiner Moritz's documentary, The Life and Death of Walter Benjamin, explores the opera and its principal figure through interviews with the opera's creators and clips from the opera itself. Tabachnik and Debray's Benjamin, Dernière Nuit begins at the end: a tableau of Benjamin's body in his Port-Bou hotel room after his suicide while fleeing Nazi-occupied France. The life that man lived is the subject of both their opera and this documentary, a story that unfolds over the course of Mortiz's film and sheds new light on the Benjamin's major works and the milieu in which he worked. Exclusive interviews with the composer, librettist, and members of the original artistic team and cast--including the two Walter Benjamins, one actor and one singer, the latter of which survives to the end of the opera as a symbol of the philosopher's contemporary relevance--form the core of this fascinating documentary.

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