Der König (The King)

Max Philipp Schmid

2004, 01:57 minutes, colour, German with English Subtitles


A man sings the well known German folk song "It doesn't take much to be happy and if you're happy, you're a king!" This rather simplistic moral statement of the song is carried out to absurdity. The lonely singer sings rounds with himself until he expands into a 'men's choir' made up of him alone. The singer makes a tremendous effort and, through his enthusiasm, reveals his pressing desire to attain merriment. In the process, his faces and the song's message disintegrate into an incredibly intense duplication.

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