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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 moving picture work of art 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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Quotes:
Lisa Benjamenta:I am dying from the emptiness of cautious and clever people.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Jakob von Gunten (1971) (TV)See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
a moving picture work of art, 9 January 2006
Author: meandros from Transilvania, RO.

It is fairly rare that moving pictures are made with real artistic value in mind and even more rare when the endeavor pays off. Well, The Quay brothers' Institute Benjamenta is one such picture. At first sight it might appear a little too pretentious with an abounding array of hidden symbolism of a strange and antique meaning but then again, the basic thread of the picture is as old as humanity itself, pointing back to the ancestral roots of what makes us human: to love and to loose. It is remarkable the technique and the rendering of the camera in the Quay brothers' masterpiece. You cannot but help wondering if the images themselves are not centuries old and, in a sense, that is exactly the aim of the picture, to make itself look old and timeless, at the same time. I urge anyone who is really looking for that special feeling films give us, far from commercialism and hollywoodia, to see this movie. Sure, most of you will find it a little bit hard to watch but if you give it patience and let the mood of the picture fill you from within your imagination then I think this will be a rewarding cinematic experience.

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