“transcendental cinema.” – Dennis Harvey, 48 Hills
Carl’s Staff Pick!
Book of Days is a film about time, originally drawing parallels between the Middle Ages, a time of war, plague and fear of the Apocalypse, with modern times of racial and religious conflict, the AIDS epidemic, and fear of nuclear annihilation. In light of the current pandemic, the cyclical nature of such phenomena has made itself known once more. While the film provides no answers, it nevertheless is a tribute to vision and the imagination, and a poetic incantation of that which connects us.
Conceived and Directed by Meredith Monk. Cinematography by Jerry Pantzer. Art Direction and Costume Design by Yoshio Yabara. Music by Meredith Monk. Produced by Catherine Tatge and Dominique Lasseur. 1988. 85 mins.