A Straub-Huillet Companion: “The Death of Empedocles”

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A Straub-Huillet Companion is a series of short essays on the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, subject of a Mubi retrospective. Straub-Huillet's The Death of Empedocles (1987) is showing on Mubi from September 10 – October 9, 2019."I am torn asunder by love and hate."—Friedrich Hölderlin in a 1794 letter to a friend"Yesterday I was up on Etna. I recalled the great Sicilian of old who, when he had had enough of ticking off the hours, having become intimate with the soul of the world, in his bold lust for life plunged into the terrific flames. It was because—a mocker afterwards said of him—the frigid poet had to warm himself in the fire."—Passage from Hyperion; or, The Hermit in Greece (1797-99)The three versions of Der Tod des Empedokles (The Death of Empedocles)—the first finished, the latter two left incomplete—were the product of a bleak, tumultuous period in Friedrich Hölderlin's life.
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