Monday, January 08, 2007

Sei Still, Wisse ICH BIN

Florian Fricke, the leader and composer of Popol Vuh, was deeply interested in cinema and in the spirituality that's behind any religion.
In 1981 he had already written the soundtrack for many Werner Herzog's movies, then he decided to direct one by himself, inspired by some books of the Old Testament. Sei Still, Wisse ICH BIN (Be In Peace, I AM The Messiah) had been filmed in the magical landscape of the Sinai Desert, near the Dead Sea and the Moses' Mountain, that was still thought to be the Sinai Mountain (the real Sinai Mountain has been identified in 1983 in Egypt).
By that time no one released the movie, only the soundtrack, played by Popol Vuh and perfectly produced by Klaus Schulze, was published on Schulze's own label Innovative Communication. It is one of Popol Vuh's best albums, on which the band is joined by the Choir Ensemble of the Bavarian Opera. The vocals play a main role, with a "mantric" effect, and the sound seems often inspired by Tibetan sacred music.
Ten years later Sei Still, Wisse ICH BIN has finally been published on VHS, then reissued in '96 by the French label Spalax with the title Sinai Desert. At this moment it is out of print again.
These are two excerpts from the movie, a perfect combination of very evocative sounds and very evocative images. Curiously the part of the Messiah is played by a girl, Vera Von Lehndorf, who wears a false beard.
The audio track Wehe Khorazin has been used also on the soundtrack of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo.

Popol Vuh - Wehe Khorazin (1981)
Popol Vuh - Geimensam Tranken Sie Den Wein (1981)


I'm a little late but I wish you all a happy new year



Anonymous 123 said...

Popol Vuh - alright! Nice way to start a new year... RIP, Florian Fricke.

all the best to you & your blog in 2007, Mirco, from


1/09/2007 11:52 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Thanks Milan, have a happy new year too!

1/10/2007 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come both zips have 0kb?
Nothing to download.

1/10/2007 3:21 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Download and unzip those 0 kb files and you'll know how to do...

1/10/2007 7:00 PM  
Anonymous TheGhastly said...

Thanks for the Fricke clips, Mirco

1/19/2007 1:11 PM  

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