Monday, June 16, 2014
Conversation on Michael Glawogger's Workingman's Death (2005)
It's been nearly three months since Kenji Fujishima and I published our last Passing Notes column at In Review Online—a feature in which we pick a cinematic subject (anything that strikes our fancy at a given point in time) and trade thoughts about it. Our last two happen to have been prompted by tragic losses in film culture, the March piece focusing on the Phillip Seymour Hoffman-co-starring The Master and our new discussion—all 4,293 words of it—looking at Workingman's Death, the audacious 2005 docu-essay by recently deceased Austrian globetrotter Michael Glawogger (whose Whore's Glory I mused on at this blog two years ago). I'm a strong supporter of Glawogger's work, Workingman's Death especially, and the loss of this artist is devastating. We're not only losing a vitally important voice in contemporary documentary cinema but also a genuinely curious human being whose thirst for knowledge and experience was an example to live by. The conversation can be found here.