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Sound: The Death of Klinghoffer

By Edward E. Crouse

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John Adam's The Death of Klinghoffer brings minimalism to the maximal subjects of Palestine, hijacked airplanes, and mid-Eighties international terrorism

The dub-vs.-live issue, which even theorists as sophisticated as Ziggy Kracauer scarcely comment upon, is at the heart of The Death of Klinghoffer, a recent filmed version of John Adam's infamous modernist opera about terrorism.

You can read the complete version of this article in the July/August 2003 print edition of Film Comment.