Skip to main content

Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine

(MIFF 2005, experimental)

Director: Peter Tscherkassky

Walking down the street, our hero realises he is at the mercy of the filmmaker! A meditation on the life and death of cinema, this captivating film, which screened in Directors' Fortnight, Cannes this year, attempts to transform a Roman Western into a Greek tragedy.
D/P/S Peter Tscherkassky WS Sixpack Film L no dialogue TD 35mm/ B&W/2004/17mins

See also...

Nachtstück (Mozart Minute 09)

This commissioned tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart abandons standardized paths of traditional representation playfully disrupts a beloved tune, launching us into a physical experience of cinema ... More »

Nachtstuck

Informed by Mozart's ""Eine kleine Nachtmusik"", there is a charged passion embedded in the material surface of this film, creating a "physical cinema". ... More »

Parallel Space: Inter-view

An intensely physical and intimate film, which combines hypnotic flickering visuals (shot entirely with a photo camera) with a combative and at times haunting staccato soundtrack. Within a spatially ... More »

Freeze Frame

A cacophony of horns, alarms and multiple images that freezes and hence burns in the projector gate. Originally presented as a live performance in 1983 under the title The End of Film History. ... More »

Outer Space

The calm suburban exterior of a 1980's B-picture is shattered into an exhilarating cinematic maelstrom in this undisputed classic in Tscherkassky's oeuvre. A film that must been seen to be believed ... More »

Happy-End

Home movies of a married couple combining their love of life and film were discarded in a junk shop to be lovingly resurrected and reworked by Tscherkassky in celebration of the centenary of cinema ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director