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STEFAN THEMERSON AND LANGUAGE

Erik Van Zuylen

Netherlands, 1976
46 minutes, Colour, Sound
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file
STEFAN THEMERSON AND LANGUAGE

Stefan Themerson plays himself in the role of a poet who accuses the political and religious leaders of having stolen the tools of his profession. His aim is to expose the demagogues as thieves.

An investigator starts an inquiry and discovers that the poet is unwilling to take hid contaminated tools back. He (the poet) has invented a method of revealing the reality behind the poem. He wants to strip the words of their associations, to cut their links with the past, to scrub them right to the very bone of their dictionary definitions. He calls his method Semantic Poetry.
It is meant to be funny. Both serious and funny. – E.V.Z.