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"To Have And To Hold" (1996)

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Directed By: John Hillcoat
Writing Credits: Gene Conkie
Genre: Drama

Cast Overview:
Tchéky Karyo
Rachel Griffiths
Steve Jacobs
Anni Finsterer
David Field
...


Set in Papua New Guinea, To Have and To Hold is a compelling psychological drama about love, guilt, passion and obsession set on the Sepik River in the PNG highlands, one of the most remote and mysterious places on earth.

From the opening theme, whose sweeping orchestral music transports the audience down the Sepik into another world of which we know very little, to the haunting strains of the “Romantic Theme”, this is a musical work of uncommon beauty. To Have and to Hold director John Hillcoat has enjoyed a long association with Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld (fellow Bad Seeds member) and Mick Harvey, who composed the score to the original motion picture soundtrack. Hilcoat directed many of their video clips while they provided the score for his first feature film “Ghosts of the Civil Dead”.

In addition to the original score and “I Threw It All Away” the soundtrack also features Papua New Guinea’s Raun Raun Theatre performing “Mourning Song” and London’s Keety General performing “Gangsta Bone”.
 

 

"Rhinoceros Hunting In Budapest" (1996)

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Directed By:
Michael Haussman
Writing Credits: Michael Haussman

Cast Overview:
Glenn Fitzgerald
Karine Adrover
Ewen Bremner
Ticky Holgado
Nick Cave
Alexei Sayle
Geoffrey Carey
William Hootkins
John Cale


Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest is a beautiful and poetic work that provides an ethereal ride into a world of absurdity, isolation and loneliness through a menagerie of abstract imagery, poignant music, and majestic dialogue. The story begins with a young American man flying overseas to hunt rhinos in Africa with his estranged girlfriend who is living in Paris. As the background of the story is revealed, we learn that his search of her may not be as sincere and untainted as he had led everyone to believe. Upon arriving in Paris, the young man encounters Teen, a lonely, despondent girl in need of instant physical comfort (sex) who offers to help in the search, only to discover that the girlfriend, Lola, is working as a stripper in Budapest with her new "manager," played by a magnificently eerie Nick Cave. After a fall out with Teen, the boy makes his way to Budapest and tracks Lola down in a prostitution house where he confronts her (and his own feelings) in a chilling, choreographed climax. [Mary Kerr, World Cinema, Sundance Film Festival]
 

 

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"Jonas In The Desert" (1994)

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Directed By:
Peter Sempel
Writing Credits: Jonas Mekas,Peter Sempel
Genre: Documentary

Cast Overview:
Blixa Bargeld
Nick Cave
Andy Warhol
Al Pacino
Dustin Hoffman
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"Just Visiting This Planet" (1990)

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Directed By: Peter Sempel
Genre: Documentary

Cast Overview:
Kazuo Ohno
Chie Ohno
Yoshito Ohno
Tama Ohno
Blixa Bargeld
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“An old horse named Kazuo Ohno flies across the heavens. With youthful spirit on a journey of discovery between Tokyo and New York, heart and mind, studio and kitchen. Kazuo Ohno, 84, the father of the Japanese Butoh dance, in a documentary fantasy film. Steps in the dark into the dark. As guests, Blixa Bargeld and Nina Hagen sing classical works for the old horse (Bargeld performing two songs from The Winter’s Journey). Other younger dancers, students of Butoh, communicate with animals which also are ‘present’ in the studio. Ohno’s wife and son, Yoshito, also participate as especially strong, fascinating and, at the same time, admirably simple people. Kazuo Ohno: ‘I saw a very old horse with straggly hair nothing but hair and bones. It stood completely in the light of the radiant sun. It was stared at, but it remained standing there and didn’t hide. Many people were allowed to ride it and it was happy. Living and dead people. They were flowers’. Kázuo Ohno is a king of the outsiders. He calls forth courage amidst the chaos of this world. But sometimes fear as well. His basic principle: ‘Be free!’.” (Peter Sempel).
 

 

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"Road to God Knows Where, The" (1990)

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Moments from the US tour, February and March 1989. Scenes from on the road, backstage, interviews,...

Short excerpts from songs, like:

Knocking On Joe (incomplete)
Saint Huck (incomplete)
The Mercy Seat (KCRW 3/3/89)
New Morning

At the end of the tape are 5 clips:

In The Ghetto
Tupelo
The Singer
The Mercy Seat
Deanna

 

Buy The Road to God Knows Where at amazon.com¸

 

"Ghosts... of the Civil Dead" (1988)

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Directed By:
John Hillcoat
Writing Credits: Nick Cave,Gene Conkie,...
Genre: Drama

Cast Overview:
David Field
Mike Bishop
Chris DeRose
Nick Cave
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Ghosts Of The Civil Dead is a startling and powerful film set entirely within the confines of a maximum security prison - a new generation prison painted in play school colours and resembling a supermarket - it goes beyond traditional prison themes of good and evil to draw a frightening allegorical portrait of the nature and organisation of our society. Central Industrial Prison is located in the middle of a desert, it's been locked down - confinement of all prisoners to their cells - following an outbreak of violence. The film flahes back to trace the events that lead to the lock down, allowing us to see the truth of the system.

 

"Stadt, Die" (1983)

 


Directed By:
Heiner Mühlenbrock

Cast Overview:
Andreas Brandolini
Nick Cave
Cathy Haase
Mike Hentz
Martin Peter
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A long day's journey into night in the West Berlin of the early 1980s. The film follows the lives of several characters with music from Nick Cave as part of the plot; complete with shots of the recording studio and Nick at the piano.    

 

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