Director: Gustav Deutsch
“A film is a girl and a gun.” - D.W. Griffith
Gustav Deutsch puts the famous axiom to the test with this continuation of his Film ist. project, delivering his most stunning and erotically charged film yet. (Two previous instalments, Film ist. 1-6 and Film ist. 7-12, screened at MIFF in 2000 and 2002).
Weaving together a hypnotic mash-up of archival film from the first five decades of cinema, Deutsch splices together ethnographic films, war footage, science documentaries, explicit pornography and 1930s feature films to concoct a kaleidoscopic visual essay in five parts about love, sex, violence and death.
“Deutsch is not only a master sleuth in the film archives looking for exciting, challenging and amazing old images, he's also a master in the subtle composition of his finds into new film stories.” - Rotterdam Film Festival
Austria, The Netherlands, 2005
In this new-found footage work by Gustav Deutsch (Film Ist), three historical camera pans take in the streets and squares of Vienna, Surabaya and Porto. They provide a starting point for reflecting o… More »
Filmmaker Deutsch adapted his camera so it could only make three-second shots. He then travelled to Morocco and filmed three hundred of these three-second shots. Co-director Mustafa Tabbou did the sa… More »
Film Speaks Many Languages is a reworking of 21 fragments of a feature film made in India found in Casablanca and reworked in Vienna used to (re)construct a one minute story in four parts dictated by… More »
Gustav Deutsch's Film ist. 1-6 intrigued MIFF 2000 audiences with its collection of rare and bizarre scientific footage. The follow-up project, Film ist. 7-12, adopts a similar structure of six theme… More »
Gustav Deutsch's magnificent Film Ist recycles everything from footage purchased in a flea-market (old Mexican soap-opera colour tests used by a cleaning lady to scrub floors) through to 35mm st… More »