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Films By Dietmar Brehm

Brehm's übung (Exercise) started when he picked up an unfamiliar 8mm camera and experimented with shooting into a three part mirror in a simple panning motion. In editing, Brehm discovered that rejected footage marked by an X was more interesting because of the presence of the mark which denoted ... Read more
The second instalment of a 6 part series on vio­lence and sexuality — Blicklust juxtaposes 50's S&M, a surgical operation and found footage. ... Voyeurism reigns in this display of subtle vio­lence accompanied solely by the relentless sound of traffic outside in the 'real' world ... Read more
Blicklust sets up a perverse dynamic of scientific and sadistic study. Commencing with an elaborate diagram of an eye, the film plummets into an indeterminate shadow world, peering through ruffled curtains at images cold, precise and debauched. The scientific dissection of living tissue is matched ... Read more
In Blitze, Dietmar Brehm generates a sordid Kuleshov effect, where the face of the voyeur is transformed by what he watches and what he watches is transformed by being watched. The impact of the gaze is marked by lightning bolts as the voyeur opens his eyes to a series of images, illicitly watching ... Read more
Korridor is composed mostly of found footage and Brehm's mirror projections into the preexisting compositions. The filmmaker stalks a neo-gothic gallery of pornographic actors engaged in gloomy revelry. Present among his images, he appears in a series of impending repetitions. The metaphor of ... Read more
The Schwarzer Garten is loaded with dangerous connections. Macumba is overtly menacing, connecting ethnographical footage of tribal rituals with 70s black pornography. The montage construction is consistent with other films in the sextet. Brehm intercuts the labial mouth of an African objet dart ... Read more
Inside a collection of fragments we begin to find the gradual definition of things, spaces, glimpses of a camera an eye looking back at us the scratchy, almost fidgety sounds of a film whirring into life. Brehm fashions an enveloping phenomenological experience from the almost discarded off-cuts ... Read more
The last of the Schwarzer Garten series elegantly loops into moments of the earlier works (with the notable exception of Macumba). The ocean sounds from The Murder Mystery bleed into the stalking scene as a woman is followed by the voyeur, who appears here in full frontal close-up, without the ... Read more
Using Russian, Japanese and American porn and his own footage. Brehm creates a matrix in which graphic anatomical parts act as the optical lubricant to the sound of someone shaving. On a window/screen, back-lit and fluctuating, an immaterial shadow-hand appears to stimulate the cock which serves as ... Read more
A pornographic-sadistic fantasy of murder in flickering black and white and torn images, The Murder Mystery is thick with the colour of violence. On the minimal soundtrack ocean sounds create an audio unrest while the screen itself pumps with a brutal sexual energy. The film oscillates between two ... Read more
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