La Mort d'Empedocle (1987)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 132 min.  |   Countries - Germany, France  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

Noted modernist German filmmakers Daniele Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub are behind this evocative minimalist retelling of the tragic story of Empedocles, a Greek philosopher and statesman who lived in the fourth century BC. To prove himself a god and therefore, immortal, Empedocles hurled himself into the burning caldera of Mount Etna and survived. There are four slightly different versions of the film available.

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accusation, death, disciple, exile, God, Greece, martyrdom, outdoors, statesman