Canada on Screen

Lamentations (A Monument to the Dead World)

Canada437 minutes1985GColourEnglish

Oct 1
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Join us Sunday October 1 at 1:30pm in the TIFF Bell Lightbox Greenroom for a special introductory discussion between Bruce Elder and Stephen Broomer, who has been supervising the digital preservation of the Book of All the Dead!

One of the key works from Bruce Elder's 35-hour film cycle The Book of All the Dead, Lamentations is comprised of a complex patchwork of audio and visual elements: a philosophical meditation superimposed as text throughout the film; vignettes featuring a comical but disturbing Franz Liszt, a debate between Isaac Newton and George Berkeley, an angry, deranged man in an alley, and an arrogant psychiatrist; and a final search for salvation in the forests of British Columbia, the American Southwest, and Mexico's Yucatan.

L'une des œuvres-clés de The Book of All the Dead, le cycle filmique de 35 heures de Bruce Elder, Lamentations est une courtepointe complexe formée d'éléments sonores et visuels. En plus d'être traversé par une méditation philosophique superposée sous forme de texte, le film comprend des vignettes mettant en vedette un Franz Liszt comique mais dérangeant, un débat entre Isaac Newton et George Berkeley, un homme cinglé et en colère dans une ruelle, un psychiatre arrogant et une quête finale de salut dans les forêts de la Colombie-Britannique, du Sud-Ouest américain et du Yucatan, au Mexique.

Restored digital version by the staff of the Gatineau Preservation Centre.