I CAN NO LONGER HEAR THE GUITAR
J’ENTENDS, PLUS LA GUITARE
1991, The Film Desk, 98 min, France, Dir: Philippe Garrel

A Silver Lion winner at the 1991 Venice Film Festival, this semi-autobiographical drama is a haunting tribute to Philippe Garrel’s 10-year relationship with iconic German performer Nico. Here the central couple Marianne (Johanna ter Steege) and Gérard (Benoît Régent) drift together and apart through a self-destructive heroin haze. “Holding tight to his characters with long takes and close-ups, capturing them only at the breaking points in their lives, Garrel balances a hypnotic romanticism with the frightening lurch of unsteady emotions.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker.


IMMORTAL BELOVED
1994, Sony Repertory, 121 min, UK/USA, Dir: Bernard Rose

After Ludwig van Beethoven’s death in 1827, a three-part love letter was discovered in his papers addressed to an unnamed “immortal beloved,” and the quest to identify her drives this moving drama. Gary Oldman is superb as the legendary composer, and Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege and Valeria Golino are equally fine as possible objects of Beethoven’s affection. Featuring sumptuous production design and some of the most beautiful classical music ever written, writer-director Rose’s rumination on the mysteries of love is a feast for the senses.


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