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From Her to Eternity

Posted in Curiosa & Forteana, Erotica, Historia & Memoria, Moving Images, Retrofuture by Suzanne on August 16th, 2005 | BBC Wikipedia


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Als das Kind Kind war,
ging es mit hängenden Armen,
wollte, der Bach sei ein Fluß, der Fluß sei ein Strom,
und die Pfütze das Meer.
Als das Kind Kind war, wußte es nicht,
daß es Kind war,
alles war ihm beseelt, und alle Seelen waren eins.
Sah den Horizont, ohne sich hinzuflüchten,
konnte sich nicht beeilen,
und nicht auf Befehl und auch nicht vorsätzlich denken.
Als das Kind Kind war,
hatte es von nichts eine Meinung,
hatte keine Gewohnheit,
saß oft im Schneidersitz, lief aus dem Stand,
hatte einen Wirbel im Haar
und machte kein Gesicht beim Photographieren.

(Peter Handke: "Lied vom Kindsein" für "Himmel über Berlin")

So I finally watched the movie I was always so dreadfully afraid of - "Himmel über Berlin".

It left me speechless... and all I can say is that I'm glad I didn't see it when I was younger - nor would I ever want to see it again any time later in my life. Not because I didn't like it. Quite the contrary: It was the perfect movie and the perfect time to watch it. In fact, it was much more than that: It was an experience. One you can only have once in your life.

So even if you'll never read this, I'm writing all this sentimental rubbish because I want to express my gratitude to Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Crime and The City Solution, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (incl. Blixa) for turning my fear into enlightenment.

After all, that's not a sensation you get very often when you sit in front of the TV, is it?



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7 comments to " From Her to Eternity "

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    damien says:

    right baby. get a copy for me and i'll watch it when i get over

    August 16th, 2005 at 3:45 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Hmm... I'll do my very best to find an original copy with English subtitles.

    Bruno Ganz is really the only person who makes me kind of.. uhmm.. proud to be Swiss.

    He played Hitler in "The Downfall", btw.

    He's my hero. Ganz, not Hitler, that is. Hehehe.

    August 16th, 2005 at 3:52 pm

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    Thomas Anderson says:

    should I add it to my netflix queue?

    I ended up seeing Downfall, I thought it was a very powerful performance.

    August 16th, 2005 at 5:16 pm

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    Sizemore says:

    Speaking of Hitler. We're off to see this later in the week:

    Art that Hitler wouldn't like

    August 16th, 2005 at 7:08 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Ooooh! That's definitely worth seeing. Shame I won't make it to London before winter. :(

    Make sure to take (... and flickr) some photos.

    Kunst heil! :)

    August 16th, 2005 at 10:20 pm

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    Suzanne says:


    Bruno Ganz is normally a stage actor here in Switzerland. One of my favourite. I think you can see that in the way he acts in "The Downfall".

    Even if I'm not a big fan of queues in general and even if I don't have the slightest idea what netflix is, "Himmel über Berlin" is definitely worth getting. Try to get it subtitled and not dubbed though. It's worth hearing Ganz reciting Handke's poems.

    August 16th, 2005 at 10:23 pm

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    Thomas Anderson says:

    on the queue it goes

    August 16th, 2005 at 10:50 pm

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