LORD OF THE CASTLE
Or Every Screen Has a Silver Lining
I’ve always wanted to be king of a castle.
Admittedly, it’s not a popular category in the “Help Wanted” section, and such opportunities are limited. So, when Cerigo Films came with the idea of a short documentary on Leo Schnug and the castle of Haut-Koeningsbourg, I thought well, this is about as close as I’m likely ever to get.
Haut-Koenigsbourg itself is a fascinating place, and Leo Schnug, the ill-fated painter and illustrator who decorated the banquet hall, is a tragic figure singularly emblematic of his time. Moreover, he is largely unknown, even in his native Alsace.
Of course I accepted the role of narrator, in exchange for a temporary stewardship of the High Castle of the King, and to shed a little light on the life and work of a remarkable illustrator. And of course, it’s about much more than quarried sandstone and painted plaster; it’s all about history and myth, and how we are continually building one upon the other.
But, if you’ve been following my dreamy, disconnected and slightly random newsletters, you know all that. What’s new is the trailer that Cerigo Films kindly put together for the site.
The film will be aired on ARTE Sunday March 4 at 8:15 p.m.
It will also be shown on FRANCE 3 ALSACE this autumn. (Exact date and time will follow.)
And, last but not least:
“Le Seigneur du Château” will be premiering in Strasbourg on February 13th at the auditorium of the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, 1 rue de l’Academie, Strasbourg.
Posted by John on 31/01/07 | 09:00 PM | Chronicles
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