Avanto - Helsinki Media Art Festival 2001. 6-11.11.2001

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Gustav Deutsch: Film Ist (7-12)


7. Comic, 8. Magic, 9. Conquest, 10. Writing and language, 11. Emotions and passions, 12. Memory and document (AUT 2002, 93’, 35mm, Dolby Stereo, B&W/colour)

Gustav Deutsch has taken images from old silent films and arranged them into new wholes by subject. Deutsch shows in a funny way what film was before sound. The series starts with slapstick comedy. One actor after another rushes through doors, climbs ladders, plays with food and chases the others. The early cinema invented thousands of ways with which actors could slip or stumble down. By using material found in the archives Deutsch highlights the funny tricks, clichés and melodrama of silent cinema but always with a sympathetic tenderness towards the old films and their performers. The film soundtrack is by Christian Fennesz, Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Siewert and Burkhard Stangl.

Saturday 23.11.2002 - Kiasma Theatre
14:00 - Gustav Deutsch's 'Film Ist (7-12)'

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