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The film bears witness to German artist Anselm Kiefer's alchemical creative processes and renders in film... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Anselm Kiefer ... Himself
Klaus Dermutz ... Interviewer

Directed by
Sophie Fiennes 
Produced by
Émilie Blézat .... producer
Sophie Fiennes .... producer
Ineke Kanters .... development executive
Kees Kasander .... producer
Willy Rasenberg .... accountant producer
Natascha Teunissen .... line producer
Julia Ton .... assistant producer
Fanny Yvonnet .... assistant producer
Cinematography by
Remko Schnorr (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sophie Fiennes  (as Ethel Shepherd)
Production Management
Coralie Petit .... post production manager
Sound Department
Bram Boers .... sound
Clarence Moudjaoui .... trainee sound
Ranko Paukovic .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Odile Beraud .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Odile Beraud .... visual effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Cees Aloserij Jr. .... key grip
Cees Aloserij Sr. .... key grip (as Cees Aloserij)
Ariel Castillo .... first assistant camera
Ariel Castillo .... focus puller
Robert Jaap de Lange .... assistant camera
Robert Jaap de Lange .... focus puller
Richard de Maaré .... assistant grip
Robert Groendijk .... best boy
Dominique Lacloche .... best girl
Maarten Rijnbeek .... gaffer
Luuk Schmitz .... assistant camera
Bjorn Schumacher .... assistant grip
Danny van Deventer .... focus puller
Bart van Tunen .... assistant grip
Peter van Vugt .... technocrane grip
Editorial Department
Guillaume Lips .... colorist
Other crew
Stephanie D'Hauteville .... legal
Beowulf Grimbley .... video capture
Rutger Hesseling .... video capture
Shani Hinton .... legal
Charles McDonald .... publicist
Lucie Mollof .... translation & subtitling
Robin Schinning .... runner
Theun Sponselee .... runner
Roos ter Avest .... runner
Sander van der Harst .... translating services

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105 min
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
These fragments have I shored against my ruins..., 18 October 2010
Author: allenrogerj from United Kingdom

The film begins with a long exploration like "The Zone" from Tarkovsky's Stalker: bushes glimpsed derelict tunnels, shelves of books made of lead with rocks on them, more leaden books with fragments of glass in and around them, light from overhead windows shines on rubble and dust- filled corridors. Music by Ligoti accompanies it. After some time- more than ten minutes at a guess- the first human appears, charring sets of- paper- books in a furnace. He is one of Anselm Kiefer's assistants at this strange studio or workshop- a derelict silk factory, where Kiefer adds deliberate ruins to the accidental ones. We see Kiefer's working methods- both aleatoric and industrial in their own way- enormous paintings- of tree trunks on glass, of a man or corpse on his back- a strange self-portrait, perhaps- the only painting we see not exclusively involving black, white and grey- and watch his working methods- glue and then a powder- dust or paint- is scattered on a painting on the ground and a crane slowly hoists the painting up to display it while much of the powder falls off; a strange sculpture of a deformed ship is stuck to a seascape, hiding the artist's palette which was there before.

Next there is an interview with Kiefer in the library. We never see what any of the books in the library are and Kiefer does not refer to any other artists, only to the bible and the Kabbalist Solomon Luria and the Rosicrucian Robert Fludd. Nor do we learn more of Kiefer- are the children who appear in the library his children, his grandchildren or someone else's? We never learn how his extraordinary work is paid for either. At one point the interviewer says that nothing is written on the blank pages of the lead books- no, says Kiefer, everything is written there. At no time is there a discussion of the quality of Kiefer's art or the history and influences behind it. Its value is taken as a given.

In the second half we see how the sculptures are made and someone excavates an underground amphitheatre, for an unknown end. Kiefer and his assistants pour molten lead down a mound of earth, help the lead form a cascade and melt a leaden book at the bottom- it seems important that the book be melted, rather than raw lead be used. They pay no attention to health or safety regulations, never wearing protective masks or clothing, no matter how potentially lethal the material they work with. Finally, they put up artificial ruins, already fragmentary walls of concrete that rest on the leaden books and make brittle piles in the sky, haunts for Lilith the she-demon, Kiefer says. He announces, casually, that he is going to a new studio in Paris; over a hundred lorries have already moved things, and this studio will be abandoned, a painting or sculpture left in each building to decay with the building. The film ends with another survey accompanied by Ligoti's music, this time of the ruins in air waiting to decay and fall as if Ozymandias had designed his statue as a ruin.

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