Two Lives: A Portrait of Francis Stuart

Director: Carlo Gebler

‘This is a simple film about Francis Stuart and the reason why he went to Germany. Incontrovertibly, he improved his mettle as a writer by his action. His books that came out of the German experience are the best he wrote. One or two can even be described as great. But he paid a price. He was ostracised. He thought this valuable. He thought the experience made him a better writer. And well it may. But should artists be allowed to do what ever they want in order to improve their art? The film asks (though doesn’t answer) this question and, as the number of artists doing their thing in this world proliferates, it’s a question that’s more and more worth asking.’ – Carlo Gebler, 2003
(1984, 52mins)

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