Horst Geisler – Das ungewöhnliche Leben der Lilian Harvey (1983)

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Made for Bavarian TV in 1983, this documentary traces the life and films of the most popular female star of the late Weimar cinema, Lilian Harvey. From the very beginnings in some films by Richard Eichberg to her eminent stardom together with Willy Fritsch in classics like “Der Kongress tanzt”, her subsequent time in Hollywood and her return to Germany because of her love for director Paul Martin, to her escape from the nazis and her later life, the film gives a fine portrait of the actress and the big changes in the German film industry of the 20s and 30s. Continue reading

Mojtaba Mirtahmasb & Jafar Panahi – In film nist AKA This Is Not a Film (2011)

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This Is Not A Film (Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, 2011). The amount of humor in Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s hybrid effort is surprising, especially in light of the serious and well-publicized censure of Panahi’s filmmaking by Iranian authorities. But perhaps there is nothing left to do but laugh in the face of such shamefully ridiculous authoritarianism? “Laughing or crying, you know it’s the same release,” Joni Mitchell notes. Continue reading

Stig Björkman – Ingmar Bergman – Bilder från lekstugan AKA Ingmar Bergman – Images from the Playground (2009)

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Images from the Playground
Short film, 2009
Behind-the-scenes compilation film directed by Stig Björkman. Depicting Ingmar Bergman on the set, both behind and in front of the camera.

The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2009, within the section “Cannes Classics”. The film is produced by the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, to which Bergman donated his artistic collections in 2002, including several hours of behind-the-scenes material. Continue reading

Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Theater in Trance (1981)

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder visits for two weeks the “Theater der Welt” festival 1981 in Cologne. 30 companies showed in over 100 performances their own visions of a new theater. Framed by Fassbinders reading of one of the famoust essays on theater: Antonin Artauds “The Theater and its double”. Continue reading

Isaac Isitan – 2 Eylül Direnisi aka La Résistance du 2 Septembre (1977)

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Here is the struggle for the border of the city. There are those who decide who is in and who stays out. Here it is in 1977, they reppress solidarity, they repress movement of those who come together to be just human. Land speculators according to the Government.

Land speculators: workers came to build shacks on the outskirts of Istanbul. No space, no place where the city does not want you: Panzers and military. In front, stone and stick and the momentum stemming from survival. The film was shot and edited in a short time, to be released immediately and support the struggle of the landless. Continue reading

Stanley Kubrick – Flying Padre (1951)

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Shortly after Stanley Kubrick had completed his first film for RKO – the short subject Day of the Fight (1951) – the studio offered him a follow-up project for their Screenliner series which specialized in short human-interest documentaries. The subject of their proposal was the Reverend Fred Stadmueller, a priest at Saint Joseph’s Church in Mosquero, New Mexico. Known to his parishioners as the “Flying Padre” because he owned a small, single-engine plane that allowed him to visit his church members who were spread out over a four thousand mile area, Stadmueller was an inspiration to the mostly Spanish-American farmers and ranchers who made up his congregation. Continue reading