Saturday, November 26, 2016

Rilke at the movies

Carla Juri as Paula Modersohn-Becker and Joel Basman as Rilke in 'Paula'

Rainer Maria Rilke may be one of the twentieth-century writers least likely to appear on a movie screen: his poetry is lyrical, even ephemeral and not theatrical in the least.

Rilke cherished solitude as a vital prerequisite for his work, though it meant living apart from his wife and daughter much of the time. Many of the poet's other important relationships were conducted largely through the mail. Not the stuff of great cinema, one might think.

Despite this, two new German film biopics feature Rilke as a main character. I reviewed them in the November/December 2016 issue of PN Review.

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