About the album
A “luminous parable of indeterminable purport” the NY Times called Max Frisch’s story, published 1979, about an old man in a Ticino village, fighting against oblivion while being cut off the outside world. Him, Geiser, cuts out articles from the geographical past and pins one slip of paper after the other to the wall. While assembling these notes into his story, he links history of humanity with individual decline. Congenially adapted by Heinz Bütler and Manfred Eicher, the film exposes the “associative and at the same time synesthetic layers” of its literary master “by means of editing techniques, cinematography and soundtracks”. In the “weather-beaten face” of Erland Josephsons (scenes from a marriage, sacrifice) “you may behold a reflection of the haunting and ancient landscape”.