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Still from Siobhan Davies and David Hinton's "All This Can Happen," 2012
Still from Siobhan Davies and David Hinton’s All This Can Happen, 2012

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Susan Sontag called Swiss modernist Robert Walser “a Paul Klee in prose—as delicate, as sly, as haunted.” Although Walser wrote his most renowned short story, The Walk [Der Spaziergang], in 1917, it was not translated into English until 1955, one year before his death. British filmmakers Davies and Hinton not only illustrate but also illuminate this wry and pensive tale with an uncanny black-and-white collage compiled from vintage found footage. “The inward self,” explains the narrator, “is the only self that exists.”

In English.

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