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Austria, 1998 (MIFF 1999, Captured - Recycled: Old, Used and Abused)

Director: Gustav Deutsch

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 stock used to run an early German computer. An ongoing project, Film Ist is structured in a series of chapters on the properties of cinema: movement and time; light and darkness; an instrument; material; a blink of an eye; a mirror. Deutsch's research has its basis in science, his project akin to the work of Edward Muybridge, Lev Kuleshov and the various perception and response studies of the sci­entific and educational films he reworks. His command of editing and sublime use of sound set up a series of associations that attest to the durability of cinema and the imagination.

A cinema of reference, not only to the technologi­cal developments of photography and sound, but to the history of their poetic application. A bullet passes through an ostrich egg, a bridge undulates wildly, a skeleton speaks the history of film speed. From the absurd to the surreal (be warned of an 'eye' shot to rival Un Chien Andalou [1928]), Film Ist is playful and serious in equal measure.

See also...

FILM IST. 7–12

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 ... 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 »


“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 ... More »


"Thirteen works by popular American painter Edward Hopper spring to life in this experimental Austrian tour-de-force." - Hollywood Reporter ... Edward Hopper's compositions are renowned for their ... More »

World mirror cinema

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 ... More »

Abuse Will Be Fined

A commuter train rattles through the night, and as a man threatens a woman in the carriage, the audience is forced to confront the question "what would you do?" Schweiger's tautly constructed film is ... More »

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