Kugler, Ema
No. 355
"Le Grand Macabre"
Kugler, Ema  - Le Grand Macabre
Video available only in physical archive
Artist: Kugler, Ema
Title: Le Grand Macabre
Duration: 01:40:44
Year: 2005
Genre: Experimental video / Art Film / Art video / Fiction
Production: ZANK / Ljudmila


Experimental video is made after sound recording of Le Grand Macabre opera, recorded live at the Parisian Theatre du Chatelet in fabruary 1998, performed by London Sinfonietta Voices Philharmonic Orchestra. Composer György Ligeti, avant-gardist of the contemporary classic left a big impression in the musical and also film universe. Ligeti was the author of unforgettable passages in Kubrick's films 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980) in Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Film has no dialogs, it is a string of subtitles to the English performance of the libretto, appearing on a dark background. Occasionally blue, green and red veils occur.

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