HFKM: Sounds Of Silents – Social upheaval – artistic brain-drain

Mon, 18.03.2019 - 20:00 - Special Program


AN OPTICAL POEM

A poetic abstract film, delicate hand-made animation from feather-light cut-out paper. A dance of shapes to a given piece of music – the first music video.
Oskar Fischinger, who emigrated in 1936, is considered a pioneer of abstract film and a father of music videos.

United States 1938, 7 min, Color

Director: Oskar Fischinger, Music: Franz Liszt
Contact: Deutsches Filminstitut, Nachlass Oskar Fischinger

ANDERS ALS DIE ANDERN
DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS

The “Babylon Berlin” of the Weimar period attracted homosexuals from all over the world. On the one hand the authorities tolerated the countless queer establishments, on the other hand strict laws applied. The scene concerned §175, which many activists tried to abolish, including the sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld. He advised the makers of DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS, the first German gay film. Beyond gimmickry, the movie shows what the criminalization of blameless citizens can cause, starring Conrad Veidt, Reinhold Schünzel, Ilse von Tasso-Lind, Anita Berber and Magnus Hirschfeld.

Germany 1919, 51 min, black & white

Director: Richard Oswald
Production: Richard Oswald-Film GmbH
Contact: Filmmuseum München

VORMITTAGSSPUK
GHOSTS BEFORE BREAKFAST

Objects in rebellion. Dadaist film-maker Hans Richter makes bowler hats, bow ties, windows, hoses revolt. They leave their traditional roles and turn against their users.

Germany 1928, 10 min, black & white

Director: Hans Richter
Production: Hans Richter
Contact: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., Gesa Knolle, Angelika Ramlow, Carsten Zimmer

ICH MÖCHTE KEIN MANN SEIN
I DON’T WANT TO BE A MAN

Some Fräuleins do not appreciate the conventions of the time. In his frivolous comedy, Lubitsch lets one of them escape her strict chaperon. In tailcoat and top hat she plunges into the nightlife and after some turbulences draws a conclusion that gives the film its title.

Germany 1918, 45 min, black & white

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Contact: Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin

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