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Landscape Suicide
Innovative Cinema, US 1986, Farbe, 94 min., eOF
Diagonale 2014

Director: James Benning
Script: Konzept & Realisation: James Benning
Cast: Rhonda Bell, Elion Sacker, Eve E. Ellis, Lisbeth Jetton, Pegge Winslow, John Benning, Rusty Johnson
Additional Credits: In einer restaurierten Kopie des Österreichischen Filmmuseums


Landscape Suicide (1986) is a key work of James Benning that brings together various elements of his cinematic way of thinking into a singular form of storytelling. The work lies between film and documentary and defies – as does Benning’s entire body of work – conventional definition. Landscape Suicide is an understated film, yet in its construction it is profoundly impressive. It combines structural cinematic thought with an open form of storytelling, and revolves around the relationship between scenery and violence.

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