Die Macht des Feuers (1987)

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Die Macht des Feuers: Directed by Jamil Dehlavi. With Peter Firth, Suzan Crowley, Stefan Kalipha, Orla Pederson. A musician searches for the Master Flautist, a supernatural creature who is planning to blow up the world.

“Unusual and violent activity is observed on the surface of the sun during an eclipse. A dormant volcano erupts in Turkey. A musician (Peter Firth) is haunted by a strange melody. These are the starting points of what turns out to be a surrealist journey into Arabic mythology.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAfter meeting an astronomer (Suzan Crowley) who observed the strange activity on the sun, Firth visits his mother on her deathbed. She tells him of the Master Musician, a mysterious being living in Turkey, where his father, also a musician, died a long time ago.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFirth takes off for Turkey, to face the demons of his fatheru0026#39;s past and find this mythical Master Musician. His trip takes us deep into the heart of arabic mythology, into a world inhabited by Djinns and Shaytans, respectively born of Air and Fire. He will learn many things about his fatheru0026#39;s life that will bring him to the brink of insanity.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eDirected by Jamil Dehlavi and filmed on location in Turkey, the cinematography of this film is so gorgeous you could watch it with the sound off. The plot isnu0026#39;t so important as the powerful symbology of the imagery (for example, the eclipse is represented by a skull covering the sun). It must be said that the director does very little to explain the many references to the mythology. But this isnu0026#39;t a weakness as it sent me on my own quest to find out more about it.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eNot for the impatient viewer looking for a cheap thrill, but definitely recommended for the serious viewer seeking a heightened adventure into the surreal.”

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