What a fitting metaphor for a retrospective about international archival work is a film about a woman being saved from drowning. “Maria do Mar” is more than that, much more.
MoMa brought their archival assembly of “Lime Kiln Club Field Day” to the retrospective. White producers stopped the shooting of this film made by a pioneering cast of African-American performers led by the famed Caribbean-American entertainer Bert Williams.
“Valkoinen peura” (The White Reindeer) is a beautiful and haunting film made in white and black. The contributions of Kansallinen audiovisuaalinen instituutti ask important questions about ethics in relation to working with film.
“The disadvantage of film is that it remains.“, wrote Ingmar Bergman. “Sånt händer inte här” is a film he was embarrassed about to a degree that made him prohibit screenings of it. In the year of his centenary the Swedish Film Institute brought this rarely seen film as a gift.
A definition of cinema as a means of capturing milestones in the progress of the world lies at the core of 30 Years of Motion Pictures, the second compilation film of “Forever Film”.
Bringing the legendary “White Shadows in the South Sea” directed by W.S. Van Dyke and Robert J. Flaherty (who left the project) as a gift, the George Eastman Museum not only chose a unique print for presentation but also one that talks about the inevitability and beauty of decay in film history
Notes on one of the most special gifts for the retrospective: A 35mm copy of Yadanabon, a film from Myanmar in Burmese language with Czech subtitles presented by Národní filmový archiv
Notes on FILM AND REALITY, one of the first films produced by a film archive and a very early example of a compilation film.
During our retrospective “Forever Film”, Patrick Holzapfel is going to publish notes to the screenings. His first entry deals with Fredi M. Murers fascinating GRAUZONE.
Zum Auftakt unserer Elvira-Notari-Schau veröffentlichen wir einen Text aus der schönen Publikation “Transito. Elvira Notari – Kino der Passage”. Annabella Miscuglio führt ein in die Welt der großen Filmemacherin rund um Neapel und das Leben zwischen Freiheit und Familie.