Max Frisch, Journal I-III | Chicago Reader

Max Frisch, Journal I-III

Taking as its starting point Max Frisch's autobiographical novel Montauk, Richard Dindo's 1981 Swiss film is part illustrated literature, part detective story, part meditation on memory and the impossibility of recovering the past. Dindo blurs the line between fact and fiction, returning to the novel's urban and seaside locales, an actress portraying the young lover from Frisch's novel. But as the locations contrast with Frisch's verbal descriptions of them, the film's true subject becomes less fact versus fiction than memory versus the present, as the abstraction of language and the naturalism of cinema produce completely different realities.

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