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Satiesfictions on arte

23.05.2016 00h50

Always armed with a bowler, wisecracks and affectations, he is not only on the outside one of the strangest fellows in French music history: Erik Satie was not just a composer, he was also a designer, church founder, PR pioneer, master of aperçus, author, wayfarer, professional self-publicist and inventor of “Musique d’ameublement.”

The music documentary “Satiesfictions” details the overall phenomenon of Satie in playful episodes with a wink and a smirk – and also takes him quite literally: His countless ads conceived in private evolve into real commercials and his drawings of jetliners and swaying hotels take on a life of their own as cartoons.

Music à la Satie turns performers into “musical furniture” in swimming pools, factories or at rail stations, allows aging divas to forget their performances and even four-legged animals including their bones into the limelight with pieces written for dogs. Pianists tickle the ivories on pianos stacked atop each other or are adorned with snowflakes. Natural landscapes, scenes from everyday life and impressions of the city pair up with Satie’s cosmos of word and sound.

The world as Erik Satie saw it is interwoven with eyewitness accounts and interviews with Satie experts. They go back and forth between outlining this artist’s colorful personality and drawing their own picture of certainly the most unusual protagonist of the early 20th century French avant-garde.

Title (german):Satiesfiktionen - Spaziergänge mit Erik Satie
Title (french):Satie'sfictions - Promenades avec Erik Satie
Genre:Documentary
Year of production:2014
Duration:54:40
Recording location:Germany, France, UK, Bulgaria
Status:completed
Composers:Erik Satie
Soloists:Steffen Schleiermacher, Piano Duo GrauSchumacher, Maria Eydmann, Timothy Fallon
Picture Formats:FULL HD
Sound Formats:PCM Stereo
Co-Production Company:WDR
Supported by:Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
Associated Production Company:Arte
Distribution TV:C Major Entertainment GmbH
Director:Anne-Kathrin Peitz & Youlian Tabakov
Director of Photography:Adam Nilsson
Camera:Adam Nilsson, Stephan Boerger, Alan Guichaoua
Editor:Steffen Herrmann
Sound Engineer:Toine Mertens
Sound Technicians:Christoph Wonneberger, Hendrik Eibisch
Light design:Hendrik Thomas