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Austria, 1996 (MIFF 1996, Experimental)

Director: Gustav Deutsch

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 the original material.

1 Words 2 Locations 3 Themes 4 Colours

1 Film , Horse drawn carriage, Love, Orange

2 Speaks, Swimming pool, Jealousy , Turquoise

3 Many, Petrol station, Crime , Violet

4 Languages, Bar, Business Dealings, Blue

The length of each fragment is as found the sequences re ordered and separated from the others by a single monochromatic frame Each of the four headings has a colour and a word assigned to it. The pieces are preserved as found and seen as a film object—the accumulated damage dirt soundtiack and perforation are all visible. (MS)

See also...

World mirror cinema

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 »


Austria, 2009
“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 cha… More »

Eyewitnesses in Foreign Countries

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 IST. 7–12

Austria, 2002
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 »


Austria, 1998
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 »

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