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Release Date:
23 August 1996 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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poetry in a hermetic space See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Mark Rylance ... Jakob

Alice Krige ... Lisa Benjamenta

Gottfried John ... Herr Benjamenta
Daniel Smith ... Kraus
Joseph Alessi ... Pepino
Jonathan Stone ... Hebling
César Sarachu ... Inigo (as Cesar Sarachu)
Peter Lovstrom ... Jorgenson
Uri Roodner ... Schilinski
Peter Whitfield ... Null

Directed by
Stephen Quay 
Timothy Quay 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Passes 
Stephen Quay 
Timothy Quay 
Robert Walser  novel "Jakob von Gunten"

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... producer
Keith Griffiths .... producer
Janine Marmot .... producer
Katsue Tomiyama .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lech Jankowski 
 
Cinematography by
Nicholas D. Knowland 
 
Film Editing by
Larry Sider 
 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
 
Production Design by
Jennifer Kernke 
 
Art Direction by
Alison Riva 
 
Costume Design by
Nicky Gillbrand 
 
Makeup Department
Caroline Clements .... makeup artist
Suzie Zamit .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gina Carter .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Finn McGrath .... second assistant director
Jez Murrell .... third assistant director
Mary Soan .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Burton .... assistant art director
Paul Cutler .... property master
Cathy Ryan .... scenic artist
Joanna Tyler .... art assistant
Vanda Vivian .... property buyer
 
Sound Department
Richard Finney .... sound maintenance (as Richie Finney)
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
Colin Martin .... dubbing mixer
Larry Sider .... sound
Matt Skilton .... foley recordist
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Richard Spooner .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Dave Crownshaw .... special effects technician
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Glyn Fielding .... grip
Jill Furmanovsky .... still photographer
Alessandra Scherillo .... focus puller
David Smith .... gaffer
Tiffany Walker .... clapper loader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zeb Ibrahim .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Emily Lincoln .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Nuala Alen-Buckley .... production accountant
Hilary Benson .... production coordinator
Kim Brandstrup .... choreographer
Andy Hennigan .... production accountant
Jason Hocking .... assistant to producers
Diane Taylor .... continuity
 

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Also Known As:
"Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life" - UK (original title)
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104 min
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Quotes:
Lisa Benjamenta:I am dying from the emptiness of cautious and clever people.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Celluloid Dreams (2002)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
poetry in a hermetic space, 9 April 2003
Author: mario-rad from vienna, austria

The comparison to David Lynch's "Eraserhead" is important but only in an opposite way. While Lynch's first feature (and still the best) relies strongly and almost only on directors vision and artistic "feel" (without any philosophy, just a free thought) this one found an inspiration in poetry and tried to transcend it into a living world. So, the wrong approach is more than obvious. How can anybody turn poetry into a motion picture. The answer is: only if you approach the film the same way as some poet might approach his poem - with senses and instinct, nothing else. And that is where the Quay brothers failed. They tried to put poetic vision into a hermetic space and, of course it doesn't work. Photography and acting are excellent but they are not much important here. For me, the whole scenery and the plot is unnecessary and got very little to do with the philosophy of dialogues. It is just there to fill the visuals. And then you end up with something that's not exactly a film but not exactly anything else either. Still, true artistic films are so rare today, that even a weak one is more than welcome in a world of superficial art. Let's just hope that it will be better next time, for brothers Quay and for us.

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