This story about the eccentric sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, who lived from 1736 to 1783, deals with the life and work of the mysterious master sculptor whose creations irritated and fascinated, and still leave unanswered questions about the meaning, motives and inexplicable mystery of the creative process. The film is a docudrama that strives to unearth the secrets of the controversial, complex soul of the artist, a man definitively ahead of his time. Reproductions of Messerschmidt’s sculptures are included in the story, which covers the period from his early work through the transition in his artistic style to the great series known as his “character heads”. These heads are now part of Europe’s most precious cultural heritage. They were created towards the end of his life in Pressburg and the film focuses on this final period. The original Messerschmidt character heads are currently exhibited in Vienna’s Belvedere, in New York and, as of the end of January, one can see them at the Louvre in Paris. Copies are owned by the Slovak National Gallery as well. As a point of interest, one of his busts was auctioned at Sotheby’s several years ago for an incredible 4.8 million American dollars!
Jas is Jazz
A portrait of a Slovak jazz musician, tenor and soprano saxophone player, Ľuboš Tamaškovič [born in 1944] well-known to the visitors to Bratislava jazz clubs as well as the international audience. He started out performing with various Bratislava jazz bands in the mid-1960’s, then moved to Paris in the early 1970’s and appeared as a member of different ensembles on stage in Milan, Turin and Graz.
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