Jem Cohen: Evening's Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin

Jem Cohen: Evening's Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin

Thierry Amar
Director: Jem Cohen Cast: Thierry Amar
Thierry Amar
, Eric Craven
Eric Craven
, Efrim Menuck
Efrim Menuck
Jem Cohen


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This avant garde release documents an unusual performance staged and mounted at the 2007 Vienna International Film Festival. As part of that event, organizers invited the iconoclastic filmmaker Jem Cohen to create an evening of film with live musical accompaniment. To fulfill this request, Cohen compiled a series of archival sequences pulled from the annals of history (much of it in black and white), and used the footage in question to meditate on the eerie parallels between the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the years just prior to World War I, and the early 21st century United States as its global hegemony began to come to a sudden and alarming end given the failing economy, outsourcing of industry and the blunders of the Bush administration. In devising this theme, Cohen culled inspiration from the novels of Joseph Roth, particularly his 1933 The Radetzky March.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2009
UPC: 0666561005627
Original Release: 2008
Source: Constellation
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 56,586

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jem Cohen: Evening's Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin
3. From Joseph Roth: The Finest Military [1:31]
5. Intro: Candle-Lit Empire [10:11]
6. Roth: The Kaiser Stood At His Window [1:38]
7. The World, It Is A Sponge [3:52]
8. A Jewish Cemetery [2:27]
9. Roth: Fear Of Night, Fear Of The Day [1:04]
10. Distortion [9:22]
11. The War To End All Wars [6:30]
12. Roth: Unfit For Death [1:02]
13. Courage Of The Coward / Crypt Of The Kaisers [4:09]
14. He Ain't The Devil [1:53]
15. Blanket Over The Head [3:18]
16. Wall Street Flag [3:38]
17. Roth: Borderlands [:12]
18. Brooklyn, Silesia, A Ground Zero, A Choir Invisible [21:57]
19. Roth: The Shapes Of Vanished Houses [1:27]
20. Rustic City Fathers [4:42]
20. Roth: The Madetzky March [:47]
21. Marching, Marching [16:07]
22. End Credits [1:42]

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