Death in the Seine 1989 | Boys in movies [BiM]

Death in the Seine 1989 | Boys in movies [BiM]

Death in the Seine 1989
44min | Short, Drama, History | TV Short 7 April 1991


Historical drownings in the Seine are catalogued, dissected and elaborated, with multilayered visuals and ‘documentary’ asides.

User review:

The remarkable Greenaway is most successful when his scope is constrained and most intriguing when he works in the large. This is a small work, and lovely.

A number of drowning victims are described from the coroner’s notes and exquisitely photographed. If viewing nude corpses bothers you, this might not be your thing. But remembrances of these people are frangible, just as we will be remembered or not.

The period is right after the French Revolution where a new calendar was briefly used. As the calendar became obsolete, the time of their end lives and deaths can be said to not exist. This allowed Greenaway to bring their past lives back into `real’ history.

The views of their bodies are so evocative that perhaps we give them a richer existence than they ever knew themselves.

As this is a video production, Greenaway can afford complex visual overlayering. Also, as this is contemporaneous with `Drowning by Numbers’ one wonders about the linkages. Enriches both films.

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Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
File size : 316 MiB
Duration : 45 min 7 s
Overall bit rate : 979 kb/s

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