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A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky: 12 Stories About John Zorn

Iconoclastic avant-jazz performer John Zorn is profiled in this experimental biopic by German videomaker Claudia Heuermann. This philosophical documentary is framed by Zorn's "Cobra" project, where each performance is "played" by a disparate group of musicians as a compositional game. At some point, the notoriously interview-shy Zorn dropped out of the film. Heuermann then turned the documentary in on itself, creating a film-within-a-film atmosphere, in which the documentary becomes a documentary about the making of the documentary. Wild stuff. 78 minutes