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Patience (After W. G. Sebald) (2012)

Jonathan Pryce , Grant Gee  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonathan Pryce
  • Directors: Grant Gee
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Guild
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00893ZAMS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"A hauntingly original piece of literary criticism. A must-see for fans and a welcome introduction for the curious." --A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A worthy tribute to an unclassifiable masterpiece, Patience (After Sebald) is an homage that avoids the traps of slavish imitation. It's less an adaptation of 'The Rings of Saturn' than an expansion of it and not just that, less a feat of literary criticism than something more elusive, a film that uses the tools of cinema to evoke the experience and the pleasure of reading." --Dennis Lim, LA Times

"Wonderful. Patience is not in any simple sense about The Rings of Saturn. It is about the experience of reading The Rings of Saturn.'" --Michael Wood, Artforum

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Retracing the steps taken by W.G. Sebald (1944 2001) in his ground-breaking book The Rings of Saturn , Patience (After Sebald) offers a unique exploration of the work and influence of the internationally acclaimed writer. Directed by Grant Gee (Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy, Joy Division), the film includes contributions from writers, artists and filmmakers such as Rick Moody, Adam Philips, Robert Macfarlane and Tacita Dean.

- Ambient visual representation of the film by The Caretaker (2012, 20 minutes)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "INTERESTING, HISTORIC, THOUGHT-PROVOKING!" August 9, 2012
This is the first film about the international acclaimed writer, W.G. Sebald, portraying the work and influence of this author. In addition to historic facts, contributions are included from writers, filmmakers, and artists. The art and rich landscape is stunning, and the portrait of life and loss is thought-provoking throughout. The film brings the viewer through Coastal East Anglia, the path which followed Sebald in "The Rings Of Saturn.' Brilliant, and Entertaining. Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sebald Spoke English ... December 5, 2012
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... quite well enough, thank you, but with a resonant German basso that makes his words instantly distinguishable in this collage of voices of his British admirers. That's one thing I learned from Patience After Sebald, since I never had the privilege of meeting the man. Another thing I learned was how awkwardly any trace of narcissism comports with Sebald's preternatural integrity. More than a trace of narcissism went into the making of this abstracted documentary; you'll hear it in the measured reflections and observations of a dozen or so literary luminaries, though less of it in the voices of the "commoners" who encountered Sebald during his lifetime in England. And I don't begrudge anyone a portion of narcissism; how could you possibly dare to write anything without it? The astonishment is reserved for W.G Sebald, whose books seem freer of literary flash than anything else I've ever read. His honesty with himself is what makes his honesty with readers believable.

"Patience" is a collage of visual images as well as verbal reflections. Most of the images are black and white, grainy, loosely cropped, seemingly almost random; thus they are patently an imitation of the odd snapshots that Sebald sprinkled on his pages, photos that look both informal and inconsequential until you place them mentally in the text. The fact that Sebald manipulated his photos mechanically to make them look 'naive' is another thing I learned from the film. The implication is startling. Sebald's simplicity and sincerity were not achieved without deliberate craft.

The 90-minute film is constructed as a 'pilgrimage' along the same walking route Sebald described in his book "The Rings of Saturn." Places Sebald visited are revisited.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max Would Be Proud October 19, 2012
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This film is a fantastic work of art and understanding. Beautiful, haunting and profound, True to the letter and spirit of The Rings of Saturn. Max would be proud and happy about Patience. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A review of Patience January 6, 2013
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A very beautiful discussion of Sebald's life and work. Pryce captures the spirit and tone of Sebald's writing in this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathes life into one of Sebalds most complex works February 18, 2014
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Amazingly the film captures the mood and some of the ideas of Sebald in an effective and stirring manner. It lays open the Rings of Saturn for anyone who wants a bit of reinforcement.
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