Terrence Handscomb’s Der Himmel über Kalifornien (2007) is a sardonic critique of Californian culture, an obscure dreamspace. Handscomb, based in Los Angeles, takes some fundamental Californian cultural tropes – a fascination with the body, cosmetic surgery and the prolongation of youth, science-fiction mysticism and the suspension of death – and stirs them all into a thick mix of low-resolution Film-Noir stylistics.
Having also lived in Germany, Handscomb compares these two great nations and their cultural identities.
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