Todesfuge ("Death Fugue")

This is a setting of Paul Celan's 'Todesfuge' ('Death Fugue' in English) as read by the author sometime in the 1950s. This is a stream-of-consciousness take on his poetry with a meditation on how the past infiltrates the present, even in stark places, concentration camps that have become tourist sites. Paul Celan was a concentration camp survivor but lost both parents in separate camps. His poem is one of the most devastating pieces of literature of the 20th century.

  • Michael Guinn
  • Paul Celan
  • Paul Celan (voice)
    Key Cast
  • Michael Guinn
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Michael Guinn