Living the light – Die Bilderwelten des Robby Müller

A film by Clai­re Pij­man. In Eng­lish, French and Dut­ch with Ger­man subtitles.

[Credits] [Ter­mi­ne] [Trai­ler]

Rob­by Mül­ler (1940–2018) was a lumi­na­ry, but not in the way this term is com­mon­ly used. He could easi­ly have play­ed one of the wise and taci­turn India­ns in Jim Jarmusch’s Acid Wes­tern “Dead Man”. But that was impos­si­ble becau­se he was the DOP of this film, for which he con­ju­red his spe­cial, firm and almost pain­ter­ly, but also trans­pa­rent and shim­me­ring light onto the screen, as he did for around 70 other mas­ter­pie­ces of inter­na­tio­nal auteur cinema.

Over deca­des the cine­ma­to­gra­pher kept a video dia­ry which the filmma­ker Clai­re Pij­man alrea­dy worked with for the gre­at exhi­bi­ti­on “Mas­ter of Light” at the Ams­ter­dam EYE Film Muse­um and which she now uses as the cen­tral pool of images for her own film, “Living the Light”. Fel­low cine­ma­to­gra­pher Agnès Godard says about a sequence bet­ween Den­nis Hop­per and Nicho­las Ray from Wim Wen­ders’ “The Ame­ri­can Friend” that mas­ters­hip for her is achie­ved only when the gran­deur of the cine­ma­to­gra­phy makes its­elf vanish from a sce­ne becau­se it beco­mes its natu­ral com­po­nent. Stran­ge that one always feels that one can almost hear Rob­by Müller’s images. In “Living the Light”, this impres­si­on is under­li­ned by deli­ca­te­ly impro­vi­sed sound­s­capes by Jim Jar­musch and Car­ter Logan.

Ralph Eue


NL DE 2018 86 Min. OmU (Engl., Nie­derl., Franz. mit deut­schen Untertiteln)
Regie : Clai­re Pijman
Kame­ra : Rob­by Mul­ler, Clai­re Pijman 
Schnitt: Katha­ri­na Wartena
Music: Squrl (Jim Jar­musch and Car­ter Logan)

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Living the Light – die Bil­der­wel­ten des Rob­by Mül­ler / Trai­ler from Chro­mo­som Film on Vimeo.