Forever 2006
Filmmaker Heddy Honigmann does a photo-essay of the people who come to Paris's Pere Lachaise Cemetery to visit dead relatives and/or some of the world's greatest artists who are buried there.

Heddy Honigmann takes an extended look at Life, Death, Art, and Beauty as viewed from and in relation to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. This burial ground, also known as the East Cemetery, is the largest in the city of Paris. Being the cemetery of Paris, it is the resting place of many of the great artistic people of this city of art. Some of the luminaries whose graves are found in this beautiful, ornate burial ground include Frederic Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Maria Callas, Pierre Abelard and Heloise, Max Ernst, Amedeo Modigliani, and (in a less classical vein) George Melies, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, and Jim Morrison. The cemetery is now a park for quiet contemplation, and it draws people from all over the city.

Honigmann interviews visitors many of whom have some special artist whose resting place they go to. One man initially detested the writing of Marcel Proust but converted by his wife now presents the writing of Proust to others in the form of comic books. Others take inspiration from the tombs of their heroes who are dead. One man interviewed has a love of Amedeo Modigliani, whose elongated images of women seem to have an ethereal light about them. Honigmann finds one after another.

DVD5 | PAL 16:9 | 01:35:02 | 4.33 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais-English
Subtitles: English (for non-English parts), Nederlands
Genre: Documentary

Director: Heddy Honigmann
Country: Netherlands

-- Trailer

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