Erik Satie’s work is at the heart of modern music. However, who was Satie? An elusive genius or a visionary misanthrope? The film tries to sketch an identity of the musician through his notes and the places he lived in. Musicologists mostly agree in describing Satie’s music as being inhabited by voids and holes. The long pauses between one musical passage and the other are musical structures unto themselves; therefore, the filmmakers create a dissonant Satie-esque universe in which empty spaces are adjacent to eloquent passages. There are no answers in the universe inhabited by the ghosts of Satie’s creations. Architectural forms, recollections around desire, and acts of creative hubris compete to create a new world, which ultimately is the image of a new and more seductive pleasure principle. Satan Satie is a film that pushes against the boundaries of cinema.
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