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Heinz Emigholz Retrospective

Heinz Emigholz - Retrospektiven

The works of film maker, artist, author and producer Heinz Emigholz again and again explore the border areas between art and film. After his early experimental works had received international attention, Emigholz' main work focuses on the ambience of architecture. In his films on the constructions of e. g. D'Annunzio, Goff, Maillard, Perret and Nervi the "most accurate observer of architecture", how Variety has named him, dedicates himself to the origins, the fate, the triumph and end of architectural Modernism.
Emigholz's new film THE AIRSTRIP is the final of his architectural series "Architecture as Autobiography".
There are 12 architectural films/ programms available, distributed by Filmgalerie 451! Of course smaller programmes are possible, too, as well as combinations with the influential early work of Heinz Emigholz (THE FORMATIVE YEARS).
The films produced 2012 and later are available on DCP and Bluray. (For more details regarding formats and subtitles please visit the respective film page.)

Films by Heinz Emigholz distributed by Filmgalerie 451:

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Press Coverage

Heinz Emigholz’s groundbreaking and spellbinding architectural films are, quite simply, cinematographic re-enactments of the immediate experience of spaces. With an often canted camera, he dissects the interior and exterior of a building, allowing the viewer to experience being there and, by studying a career of an architect, construct a biography solely based on the works, free of commentary.
(Cinema Scope, Issue 52, Mark Peranson)

Biography Heinz Emigholz

Born in 1948 near Bremen in Germany, Heinz Emigholz trained first as a draftsman before studying philosophy and lite- rature in Hamburg. He began filmmaking in 1968 and has worked since 1973 as a filmmaker, artist, writer and producer in Germany and the USA. In 1974 he started his encyclopaedic drawing series The Basis of Make-Up. He looks back on numerous exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications. In 1984 he started his film series Photography and beyond. He had held a professorship in Experimental Filmmaking at the Universität der Künste Berlin 1993 - 2013, and co-founded the Institute for Time-based Media and the Art and Media program, there. In 2003 Filmgalerie 451 started an edition of all his films on DVD. Publications a.o.: Krieg der Augen, Kreuz der Sinne (War of Eyes, Cross of Senses), Seit Freud gesagt hat, der Künstler heile seine Neurose selbst, heilen die Künstler ihre Neurosen selbst (Since Freud Said That the Artist Heals His Neuroses Himself, Artists Have Been Healing Their Neuroses Themselves), Normalsatz – Siebzehn Filme (Ordinary Sentence – Seventeen Films) and Das schwarze Schamquadrat (The Black Sqare of Shame) (all four books at Verlag Martin Schmitz); Die Basis des Make-Up (I) and (II), Der Begnadete Meier (Grace Jones), Kleine Enzyklopädie der Photographie (Small Encyclopaedia of Photography) and Die Basis des Make-Up (III) (in Die Republik No. 68-71, 76-78, 89-91, 94-97 and 123-125); Sense of Architecture with more than 600 photographs. Heinz Emigholz is a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.


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Le Corbusier [|||||] Asger Jorn [Relief] (D/DNK 2015, 29 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

The film contrasts the "Villa Savoye", built by Le Corbusier in 1931, and Asger Jorn’s "Grand Relief", built in 1959.

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Zwei Museen (D 2013, 18 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

Photography and beyond – Part 22

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The Airstrip – Aufbruch der Moderne, Teil III (D 2014, 108 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

Photography and beyond – Part 21 / Decampment of Modernism – Part III. After PARABETON and PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA the third part of the series.

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Perret in Frankreich und Algerien (D 2012, 110 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

Decampment of Modernism – Part II / Photography and beyond – Part 20 / Architecture as Autobiography

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Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton (D 2012, 100 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

Photography and beyond – Part 19 / Decampment of Modernism – Part I

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Miscellanea I-VII (D 1986-2010, 152 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

Seven Films by Heinz Emigholz.

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Loos Ornamental (A 2008, 72 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

Architectur as Autobiography – Adolf Loos (1870-1933) Photography and beyond – Part 13

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Goff in der Wüste (D 2003, 110 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

Architecture as Autobiography - Bruce Goff (1904-1982)
 Photography and beyond - Part 7

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Maillarts Brücken (D 2001, 24 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

Architecture as Autobiography – Robert Maillart (1872-1940) Photography und beyond – Part 3

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Der Zynische Körper (D 1986-90, 89 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

I don't want to become a vegetable

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The Formative Years (II) (Arsenal Edition) (D 1975-77, 56 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

Two films by Heinz Emigholz – Dedicated to Arthur Gordon Pym

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Die Wiese der Sachen (D 1974-87, 88 min)

by Heinz Emigholz

„To whom in love of Nature holds communion with her visible forms, she speaks of a various language.“ William Cullen Bryant

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