Jonas Mekas described R. Bruce Elder, Canadian filmmaker and writer, as “the most important US filmmaker of the eighties”. His films centre on the relations between philosophy, science and poetry. Lamentations: A Monument to the Dead World. The Dream of the Last Historian is the first part of an epic monumental film that reflects on the despair of human consciousness in the postmodern world. It represents the paranoiac, transcendental mind of the poet (Elder), imagining himself as the last thinker of history. The film has a complex polyphonic structure: made up of thousands of shots, superpositions of images and texts, readings, narrations, photographs, dialogues and electronic music, it also applies poetic resources and an associative logic that seeks to change rational thought.
Attended by Bruce Elder
- Lamentations: A Monument to the Dead World Part 1: The Dream of the Last Historian (Bruce Elder, 1985, 16 mm, 195 min.)
Alongside the exhibition “The Sebald Variations”