"A beautiful and insightful book."
The book and film capture the explosive responses of 31 mostly nonreligious artists to the apocalyptic music of Christian visionary Olivier Messiaen. The cast, hailed by The Mobile Press-Register as "among the most extraordinary I have ever seen or heard in a documentary," includes author Harold Bloom, filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell, Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic, and Kiki & Herb star Justin Bond.The book can be thought of as a graphic novel version of the movie, with the transcript placed beside images from the film (pdf excerpt here). Running beneath these words and pictures is the director's commentary. This includes restored scenes and stories about the cast, the composer, and the making of what The Village Voice said "may be the best description of the Messiaen effect on record," and New Yorker music critic Alex Ross called "mind-bending."
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