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Flaubert Dreams of Travel but the Illness of His Mother Prevents It

USA, 1986 (MIFF 1987, The Kitchen - Take 1)

Director: Ken Kobland

"The material used in this tape was shot on film during the rehearsal period of the Wooster Group's new theatre piece which is based on Gustav Flaubert's The Temptation of St Anthony, as well as the letters and |ourna!s relating to his periods of travel in the Middle East. In general, the piece (and the tape) is concerned with states of ecstasy and their generation through art, drugs, sex and religion. The effect produced by the use of ADO (digital optics) during editing, and the multiple layering of sound, produce a de-materialised space... One finds oneself looking not at the image of a room but of a mental space - the place of the imagination." Amy Taubm

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