Nick Cave digs light sculpture; reviews Sokurov’s "Mother and Son"

Here’s how the Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! cover came into being:

Nick Cave: Out of darkness into light sculpture
Will Hodgkinson, The Times, April 23, 2008

Speaking of art, I thought you might enjoy reading a film review, written by Nick Cave, of director Aleksandr Sokurov’s Mother and Son. The article was published in the Sunday newspaper, The Independent, UK, March 29, 1998, and can be found in the archives of Nick Cave Collector’s Hell.

“I wept and wept, from start to finish”
By Nick Cave
A review of the film Mother and Son
By Aleksandr Sokurov

The film is called Mother and Son, and is directed by Aleksandr Sokurov. It explores the final day in the life of a dying mother (Gudrun Geyer) and her adult son (Alexei Anaishnov). It is morning. The mother wants the son to take her for a “walk”, which involves carrying her through a series of dreamlike landscapes, whereupon he returns to their bare, isolated home, feeds her, and puts her to bed. The son then leaves the house to walk on his own and returns to find that she has died. All this takes 76 minutes. But what we witness in that time is a thing of such beauty, such sadness, that to cry, for me, was the only adequate response.

For visual reference, here is a clip from Mother and Son (1997)

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About Morgan Wolfe

I write contemporary LGBTQ fiction that explores the dark & light of human love and desire. Interests: Progressive politics, visual arts, vintage illustration, mid-century design. French films, Queer cinema. Literary quotes. J'adore Paris. Ich liebe Berlin.

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