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Living the Light - Robby Müller (2018)

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DoP Robby Müller has inspired generations with his ground-breaking camerawork. Director Claire Pijman had access to his personal archive to create an extraordinary film essay that intertwines archival material with excerpts of his oeuvre.


Claire Pijman
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Cast overview:
Robby Müller ... Self
Wim Wenders ... Self
Jim Jarmusch ... Self
Lars von Trier ... Self
Agnès Godard ... Self
Jay Rabinowitz ... Self
Frieder Hocheim Frieder Hocheim ... Self
Steve McQueen ... Self
Theo Bierkens Theo Bierkens ... Self


Director of Photography Robby Müller is one of the few people in the world who knows how to play the sun. How to catch its rays like butterflies. How to strike its beams like chords. When Robby moves his camera, the camera turns into a musical instrument. And the whole world dances, radiates, is illuminated. For her extraordinary film essay Director and DoP Claire Pijman had access to Müller's personal archive: thousands of Hi8 video diaries, personal pictures and Polaroids that Müller photographed throughout his career; often with long term collaborators such as Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch and Lars von Trier. The film intertwines these images with excerpts of his oeuvre, thus creating a fluid and cinematic continuum. In his score for Living the Light Jim Jarmusch gives this wide raging scale of life and art an additional musical voice. With his ground-breaking camerawork, inventive lighting methods, his exceptional sense for the depth of colour, and the freedom of framing, plus his ...

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Dutch Master of Light
15 November 2019 | by imseegSee all my reviews

Robby Muller is a brilliant cinematographer of many classic movies directed by Jim Jarmush, Wim Wenders and Lars von Trier, among others. This documentary about Robby Muller life's work is impressive, touching and playful, showing family snapshots and many playful other personal camera recordings, in which Robby Muller is playing with different shades of light. Catching reflections of light on film, is what made Robby Muller's work so breathtakingly beautiful to watch. Life long colleague and friend, director Wim Wenders (Paris,Texas), praised Robby Muller's gift to play with light in such a way that he referred to him as a "Dutch Master of Light", which is a reference to the 17th century Dutch painters, who excelled in portraying landscapes with gorgeous dynamic contrasts.

What was most striking for me about this documentary was the fact that director Wim Wenders and Robby Muller already knew how their pictures should look like before they ever started shooting, by simply looking at photographs and talking about the mood of the picture beforehand. Many scenes in Robby Muller's films do have the same stunning quality and intensity as a still picture or a painting and that is probably due to the affection Robby Muller had with art photos.

I will cherish and rewatch the many great classics Robby Muller has made during his lifetime. What a marvelous camera genius...

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Netherlands | Germany


English | German | Dutch | French

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20 September 2018 (Netherlands) See more »


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EUR332,367 (estimated)
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