This experimental film was made for the New School Filmmaking class to illustrate T.S. Eliot's poem : "The Hollow Men"
It is a difficult and challenging assignment because a beautiful poem may not be as interesting when put in images.
It is easy to fall into sentimentality, pathos or just academic illustration.
One may never match visually what the great American poet tried to express in his perfect crafted prose. But I have tried to pay a personal tribute using visual metaphors, symbolisms ,dreams and death images , present and past moments. There is no narrative structure, no space and no time.
Asleep and almost awake, a young woman has different states of consciousness echoing to each others through the editing.
The title of this visual experience makes reference to Eliot's poem: "The Four Quartets":
"Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past."
A voice whispers in Hebrew into a young woman's ear who is asleep several passages of "The Hollow Men"
Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death’s dream kingdom
These do not appear
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind’s singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.
The second passage we hear almost at the end :
Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
The voice's last sentence :
Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
Actors: Alexandra Dane Klausner & Amy Thurmond
Sculptures: Eoin Burke & Jim Dessicino
poem's passages : T.S. Eliot "The Hollow Men"
music & voice : Ittai Ratzersdorfer inspired by Philip Glass
Locations: Calvary Cemetery (Queens, New York) & Trumbull Studio Gallery , Brooklyn.
Camera 16 mm Bolex
Shot & edited by Tanguy de Thuret