Steve Reich - Phase to Face

Director Eric Darmon, Franck Mallet
Germany / 52 min. / 2009 / English


The processes, illuminations and enthusiasms of the brain of the minimalist musician and proto-sampler extraordinaire. Quotes by Wittgenstein, Hebrew hymns, white men with primitive drums and the delirium of repetition, on tour and in his voice.

 

It begins with Wittgenstein’s quote - "How small a thought it takes to fill a life" – to herald an uplifting elevation. Even before the credits roll, Reich receives a call telling him he’s won The Pulitzer Prize. From there, and through an extensive interview with the man himself, we analyze the processes, illuminations and enthusiasms of the minimalist musician and proto-sampler extraordinaire. The film moves based on pieces (from "Pendulum Music" in 1968 to "Drumming" 1971 or "Clapping Music", 1972), but also through key events in Reich’s personal evolution. The first time he listened to "The Rite of Spring", his trip to Africa, the invention of tonal music ("People thought we were crazy"), Coltrane’s “Africa/Brass”, the use of loops in "It's Gonna Rain" (sampled in 1965!) and the "unison-irrationality-unison" process that distinguishes many of his works. And also Hebrew songs, with white men in pressed shirts banging bongo drums and the delirium of repetition, all on tour and in his unique voice. This 80-minute film will take months to digest.

 

Details
Subtitles
VOSE


Showing format
DV

Premios
German Record Critics'

Participation
in festivals
Cheltenham Festivals, Cork Opera House Screenings

Leadings
Steve Reich, Ars Ludi, the Ready-Made Ensemble, Coro Ha-Kol and Quartetto Prometeo

Editor(s)
Timothy Miller

Camera
Éric Darmon

Sound designer
Éric Rey

Music Composer
Steve Reich

Producer
Éric Darmon, Lise Lemeunier

Film company
Mémoire Magnétique Productions and ARTE France

Film distributor
EuroArts Music International GmbH

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