I’ve taken an interest in biopics.
The film features the scene in which Lou Salomé reins Nietzsche and Rée in front of her cart (above) as well as the horse scene in Turin (Nietzsche saw a horse being flogged, embraced it and collapsed and lived ten more years in a vegetative state).
In director Béla Tarr’s introductory words:
- “In Turin on 3rd January, 1889, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Alberto. Not far from him, the driver of a hansom cab is having trouble with a stubborn horse. Despite all his urging, the horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his whip to it. Nietzsche comes up to the throng and puts an end to the brutal scene, throwing his arms around the horse’s neck, sobbing. His landlord takes him home, he lies motionless and silent for two days on a divan until he mutters the obligatory last words, ‘Mutter, ich bin dumm!’ [‘Mother, I am stupid!’ in German] and lives for another ten years, silent and demented, cared for by his mother and sisters. We do not know what happened to the horse.”