Many years ago Neil Hollander was shooting film about the working sail: The last sailors convinced that this film will be his life’s work. It is the film he carried for decades, and every day, to a great inspiration, with almost mythical ecstasy. But the seemingly inexhaustible energy, instead of the film strip, is increasingly being funneled into battle with “abominations and decent” in the intricate legal disputes, to fly the demons…
Neil Hollander might be best known for his movies where he talked about the connection between death and love. Already with his first film “The last sailors” Hollander insisted on the unity of love and death, and the film H for Hunger ends with their opposition, with a pending outcome. The ambivalence of the relationship between love and death in Burma: Human Tragedy becomes a part of the documentary truth of life, believed Neil Hollander, always noting that his films are an “uninterrupted dialog about love and death and that the two poles of human destiny are in a correlation inside each being”.
At the very beginning of his work, director and author Neil Hollander practically expressed Godard theorem on the interdependence of documentary and fiction in film form. Hollander was saying that his documentary films are made by the principles of a feature film, while his feature film have documentary invoice. For Hollander the film is an “art of the context”.
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The exhibition of Neil Hollander’s artistic expression was opened on April 12 and can be seen until June 11.
Recently in the interview for Patch, Hollander presented me his plan to re-strengthen the American treasury of artistic heritage, i.e. to increase the artistic activities with several new books and documentary films throughout the year. I am particularly pleased to hear that he plans to unite the creativity of two administratively-political places with same spirituality. This fact itself is a reason good enough for both sides to respond to the unnaturally contrived toll, which separates one nation, one heart in two. We live in a time of globalization, time when only the spiritual unity and cultural creativity can preserve the identity of American people.