The title of this music documentary derives from the song “Death is a Dandy on a Horse,” which Blixa Bargeld sings with angst and gusto at the film’s beginning and end. Dandy offers heavy symbolism and allegories. Brief philosophical assertions are made about the meaning of life and death, alienation and the dialectical relationship between life and art. The film features some of Germany’s most eccentric underground figures, such as Nick Cave and Nina Hagen, and stunning shots of Berlin, London, the Himalayas and other exotic places.
Since 1981, PETER SEMPEL (*1954) has been making films about artists, including Blixa Bargeld and Nick Cave (Dandy, 1988), Bazon Brock, Jonas Mekas, Kazuo Ohno, Ginsberg, Nina Hagen, Flamenco, Lemmy, Jonathan Meese, the art world and jazz musician Peter Brötzmann.
Rolle Rückwärts FFHSH//FF2010
Niko von Glasow-Brücher, Peter Sempel
Frank Guido Blasberg, Jonas Scholz, Norimichi Kasamatsu, Peter Sempel
Wolf Ingo Römer
Nick Cave, Johann Sebastian Bach, Giuseppe Verdi, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jessye Norman