April 26 ~ “I arrived in Stockholm today on a trip that I thought would give me a lot of fear – So I guess there’s something melancholic about Stockholm for me.”
A credible, breathtaking documentary, an unusual description for a factual film whose style known as experimental film documentary about a man, who a brilliant female director speaks about the outline of her dream method of creating an interactive art form documentary – Scientist & Architect, Axel Munthe, an author of books slowly lost the sight first in one eye and then in the other for his love of gazing at the big, beautiful ochre ball which rests high on the sky. The sun. The youngest practicing physician of Europe at the time, he was mostly described as successful, but not happy. Even at his death at the age of 91, he loved the sun, but felt cut off from his own light inside.
Interestingly enough, the new & upcoming dark emotional genre Woody Allen film coming out reflects another educated man of similar intelligence stature, which provides a study of contrast to our character at large here. While Munthe exhibited nothing but compassion, kindness and respect for the poor, the man described by the new film of Director Wood Allen, addresses a man whose problem regards holding a child away from a female parent who desires no such thing – “The plot of Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, a moderately dark drama about a malcontent philosophy professor suffering from an excess of first-world problems, hinges on a conversation overheard by Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) and his student Jill Pollard (Emma Stone) from a nearby diner booth. A woman, in tears, recounts to friends how a corrupt judge has conspired with her ex-husband to grant him full custody of their child, and describes the anguish she feels as a result.”
Our documentary here, made more as a scope of travel as the film went along, Axel Munthe (October 31, 1857 – February 11, 1949) published a group of anthological style memoirs named The Story of San Michele, a first printing in the 1920’s in Britain about his experiences and his journey regarding life which for the author and gentle, kind Swedish physician describe how the, for him personally, harsh Italian sunlight which he loved to gaze upon, his very iris was barely able to tolerate. Munthe, no slouch whatsoever spent his free time & thus satisfied himself engaged upon a series of studies of multi-lingual speaking English, French, Italian fluently, and German and of course his native Swedish language. War, disaster and even dangerous diseases barred Munthe not from treating the poor for same, and often of no charge whatsoever.
A five-star film documentary, the film describes a man who becomes obsessed with a way to contain the power and beauty of the sun within himself of such depth that his continuous viewing of the planetary & fiery light eventually drives him to go physically blind. Photographer Diana Dibianco, as the film depicts travels to the Italian island of Capri, the island of the sirens. Old legends say that once you see one you may return to your homeland. Perhaps in some ways for Munthe this became true. Dibianco who brings her mother along for a revisitation on the trip, comes across the villa of Physician Munthe and discovers the energy held in the mediterranean light that floods it. According to an editorial review of the film on Amazon, “Slowly their lives become unalterably intertwined as she becomes infatuated with his work and loses sight of where his life ends and hers begins.”