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THE FORMATIVE YEARS (II) (ARSENAL EDITION) Heinz Emigholz, D 1975-77, 56 min

Two films by Heinz Emigholz – Dedicated to Arthur Gordon Pym

"Heinz Emigholz’s artistic work investigates the threshold between film and the visual arts. His early films provided a crucial impetus for the international experimental film movement of the 1970s and 80s. They are counted among the few experimental works from Germany which have attained enduring international acclaim. The project THE FORMATIVE YEARS makes visible and accessible a segment of film history which, in light of upheavals in the analog world and departures toward a digital one, enables discussions of highly contemporary developments." (Stefanie Schulte-Strathaus)

Selection of films:

HOTEL (D 1975/76, 27 min, b/w, silent and original sound) The title of the film is an hommage to Jack Smith's shows, such as ›Lucky Landlordism of Rented Paradise‹ for example, especially however to ›Horrror of the Rented World‹, his stage performance at Collective for Living Cinema in 1975. The wise insight of those times was the phrase - its proclamation all over the world osciallting between unruly and tender -: "I am a tourist here myself."

DEMON (D 1976/77, 29 min, b/w and color, original sound) Die Übersetzung von Stéphane Mallarmés ›Unheimliche Analogie‹ – The Translation of Stéphane Mallarmé´s ›The Demon of Analogy‹ – La traduction de ›Le Démon de l´Analogie‹ par Stéphane Mallarmé

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