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Hohl, Fragments of a Secret Master

Hohl, Fragments of a Secret Master



In 1982 Alexander J. Seiler, a friend of Ludwig Hohl, wanted to offer a portrait of the Swiss German writer. In the TV film, his talent was inversely proportional to his (poor) reputation.  Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Max Frisch (fraternal friends and admirers of his work) were aware of that, followed some time later by Adolf Muschg e Peter Handke.

In Histoire(s) du cinéma: Cinema svizzero riscoperto we find again Ludwig Hohl. Ein Film in Fragmenten, an intimate portrait of the man who was defined by George Steiner like “one of the secret masters of twentieth century prose”. And these 73 minutes do (finally) justice to him.

Boris Sollazzo

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