Der Schmetterlingsjäger

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Runtime:
135 Min
A filmic essay about Vladimir Nabokov and his philosophical view of time.
Quality
SD
Year:
2014
Age Rating:
6
Der Schmetterlingsjäger
This film is a radical test-case for Godard’s notion that ‘a film must have a beginning, a middle and an end – but not necessarily in that order’. It is no biopic or film-version of a book, though it does follow Nabokov’s traces closely, especially the novels Ada or Ardor and the autobiographical Speak, Memory. In both these novels the theme of time is central – and the film too, in content and form, is a meditation on the phenomenon of time. One principal shape this takes is a dialogue between a professor of philosophy (the real-life Parisian scholar Heinz Wismann) and a film-maker (Klaus Wyborny): as they retrace Nabokov’s own reflections on the ‘texture of time’, they think through how they can make a film out of it all. Again and again we see them at the cutting table, discussing and criticizing the footage they have before them. At the same time the form of the film itself reflects the puzzle of time as Nabokov construed it.

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Audio:
German
Subtitles:
-
Runtime:
135 Min
Age Rating:
6
Year:
2014
Country:
Switzerland
Germany

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