The Crack Up
Taking its name from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1936 autobiographical essay, Jonathan Schwartz’s The Crack-Up is a powerful cinematic excursion through fear, near-collapse, and transformation. Reflecting on life’s “process of breaking down,” the film is extremely personal, yet also a commentary on the political and climate crises of this early 21st century. With awe-inspiring 16mm footage of glaciers, monumental snow-covered landscapes, and an icy, roiling sea, The Crack-Up alternates strident sounds and brash rhythms and gestures of the camera with moments of arresting fragility and grace. (Jonathan Schwartz, 2017, 18 minutes). With special thanks to Irina Leimbacher.