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Words For The Dying

Words For The Dying

Director: Rob Nilsson (1989)

B&W/colour. 80 minutes

This documentary follows the composing and recording of The Falklands Suite in Moscow, Wales and London, with Brian Eno acting as producer. Directed by Rob Nilsson.

Brian Eno, who produced the recordings, didn't like the idea of being filmed, and layed down three basic rules:

  1. Stay out of the control room
  2. Occasional surveillance camera permitted
  3. Film my hands and feet
Rodion Azarkin and John Cale

Point of interest is the composing and recording of Year of the Patriot, a piece written by Eno and Cale for bass player extraordinaire Rodion Azarkin.

Filmed in Moscow, Wales, London and Amsterdam (live performance at the Paradiso of Chinese Envoy - April 11, 1989).

John Cale during the recording sessions in Wales

Originally released on VHS in 1990. Re-released on DVD by Provocateur Pictures in 2008 with a few extras:

Noel Lawrence from Microcinema produced the DVD. Order it through

© 1999- Hans Werksman