1971-1980ArthouseGermanyHarun FarockiShort Film

Harun Farocki – Einschlafgeschichten (Eisenbahn) AKA Bedtime stories (Railways) (1977)

One of the five episodes of Bedtime stories for children by Harun Farocki

The five Einschlafgeschichten are bed-time stories for children, made 1976/77, in which Farocki uses simple objects to elucidate cinematographic method. […]

The stories deal with bridges, cable cars and ships crossing roads. What is worth saying? What is worth remembering? The two girls in the film imagine what is shown. Bridges that move. Something quite different to ‘bridges’. […]

As if pictures could think! Einschlafgeschichten doesn’t really speak of bridges or railroads but rather of two girls filling the space between daytime and dreamtime with a poetic game, an endless game, a game with no end. A game which can fade out without becoming fragmentary. “Are you asleep?”, one of them asks at the end of a clip – and the final shot is of the two, asleep; the game is over. The girls are played by Lara and Anna, Farocki’s daughters.

(Hans J. Wulff)

202MB | 2 min 47 s | 768×576 | mkv



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