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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 »
User Reviews:
A film Painting 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Jakob:I shall never let myself be rescued, nor shall I ever rescue anybody.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Jakob von Gunten (1971) (TV)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A film Painting, 20 July 2009
Author: RotwangsGirl from United States

In reading the comments, it occurred to me that many who have watched this film have missed the point. There are some very thoughtful comments to be sure and this is a very thought provoking film. I think that the analogy between this film and Eraserhead is a valid one but not for the reasons stated. Institute Benjamenta and Eraserhead are both films that to my mind are not to be viewed in the same way as Hollywood fare where plot and story is everything. These films are meant to be appreciated in the same way you would go to a museum and look at something by Van Gogh or Dali. These films are cinema paintings designed to wash over you and envelope you in a way that a plot-based film traditional film seldom does. Most filmmakers are strapped tightly into a box which is the "Hollywood Formula". That form is very rigid and if you want to make films consistently in Hollywood you have to conform. The Brothers Quay have paid dearly for their invention and artistry. It's very hard for them to get money to make these films. They don't need to fix "Institute" by being better, we need to fix ourselves for being too limited in our acceptance of what a film can be. This film is a work of unbridled genius. I only say "God Bless them and give us MORE!

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