DOCUMENTARY

R.I.P. Rest in Pieces

Robert Adrian Pejo
Mankind will be saved, though in an unexpected way - through extermination. Both mass murderers and so-called normal citizens kill and destroy not out of greed or stupidity, but "simply because we were born." Our birth was our original sin. "That's nature," according to the New York artist Joe Coleman, who doesn't think the human race has a chance. Nature has provided all the necessary elements: cities like tumors, violence, divorce, perversions and atomic bombs, all of which are products of human nature. Coleman confronts these dim prospects with a healthy dose of black humor, with performances in which he bites the heads off live mice and blows himself up with dynamite, and with painted works which have earned an important place in the art world. Outcasts, killers and freaks populate his art. This film is an entertaining art thriller: "It's at least as diverting as an Eastwood film, though the viewer will drop a few pounds of illusions while watching it."
Technical Data
Running time: 88
Format: Super-16 mm (Blow-up 35 mm)
Screen ratio: 1:1.66
Sound: Dolby SR
Language spoken: English
Subtitles: German
Production year: 1996
Credits
Director(s): Robert Adrian Pejo
Writer(s): Walt Michelson
Cinematographer(s): Wolfgang Lehner
Key cast: Joe Coleman, Jim Jarmusch, Hasil Adkins
Producer: Robert-Adrian Pejo
Producers: Michael Seeber, Heinz Stussak