Bad Boy Bubby

Bad Boy Bubby
Was watching Bad Boy Bubby last night, a 1993 film by Rolf de Heer (maybe best known for Ten Canoes). This is a story about a man who has been confined by his mother in their two-room apartment for all of his 35 years. When he finally leaves, he can only adapt to the outside world by imitating the language he hears and behaviour he witnesses. Despite Bubby’s many merits I kept finding myself comparing it unfavourably to Werner Herzog’s The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser.

Bruno S. as Kaspar Hauser

While Bubby has the more experimental cinematic language of the two its heavy aesthetic often comes off as too theatrical, redolent of films like Delicatessen, that I dislike intensely. It makes me realise how absorbing it is to watch actors like Bruno S. (who is still alive and playing his music in Berlin), and how Herzog’s cinematic language shapes itself respectfully around his actors in so many of his films.

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