On David Krippendorff’s Nothing Escapes My Eyes

Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida premiered at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on December 24, 1871. A century and a half later, David Krippendorff sets his film Nothing Escapes My Eyes, which recently won the Berlin Short Film Festival, in a parking garage on Meidan el-Opera, or Opera Square, erected after the opera house was destroyed by fire. Verdi’s aria Padre, a costoro schiava non sono provides the soundtrack for a work that embodies nostalgia and absence in a precision of ambiguity that does not seek to reenact the opera, but present it as a metaphor within a metaphor, one uniquely suited to express the drama of identity with all the intensity it possesses in an individual’s life.

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See a short clip and read the entire piece in the new issue of Lute & Drum (no subscription required).

 

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1 comment
  1. Ciaran Bennett said:

    fires occur to often in cairo,during the muslim brotherhood period the napoleonic archive library caught fire in a riot,which happened to contain the colonial papers relating to the Armenian genocide by the Turks >

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