Sound: The Death of Klinghoffer
By Edward E. Crouse
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.