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The Basis of Make-Up I-III

GER 1974-83/ 1995-2000/ 1986-2004, 94 min

The films THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP (I-III) are the starting point of over 30 film works of the series “Photography and beyond”, which also includes the subgroup “Architecture as Autobiography”. Shown are over a hundred of note books and drawings on thousands of pages as well as photographies, sketch books and short cinematographic sequences, that relate to Heinzz Emigholz’s later work.
 

Synopsis

Since 1974 Heinz Emigholz developed a series of drawings in which autobiographical elements are connected with historical and fictional events to an outstanding language of pictures. THE BASIS OF MAKE UP is a surrealistic focused atlas of pictures, a nonverbal construction of drawings, that opens in each a story of its own. As in a secret picture writing our century seems to be enzyclopaedicly widespread. The non-linear and asynchronous montage of the events asks for the truth of our own historical remembrance and its following archives. THE BASIS OF MAKE UP is the name of three since 1974 developed 35mm-films that show Emigholz’s collages and notebooks, and as such the thoughts of the author since he started his whole work. The photographed drawings take their disparate ideas from the notebooks that relate back to the drawings as well. Emigholz shows the simultaneity of the picture worlds outside, more and more overwhelming as the electronic media increases, and inside, in the mindful reflection of the things seen.

THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP I 
(GER 1974-1983, 35 mm, color, silent, format 1 : 1,37, 20 min)
Featured are 42 of Heinz Emigholz’s illustratred notebooks from 1974 to 1983, a notebook of Heinrich Emigholz dated 1941, a sketchbook from the 70s, 24 photographs from 100 Hudson Street, 240 President Street, 325 West 11th Street, Kleine Reichenstrasse 2, 36 Sherman Street, 236 Elizabeth Street, 29 John Street and Zippelhaus 6. In addition, there are eighty drawings from the series “Die Basis des Make-Up” as positives and negatives. THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP I is the first part of the series “Photography and beyond”.

THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP II 
(GER 1995-2000, 35 mm, color, format 1 : 1,37, 48 min)
Featured are 69 of Heinz Emigholz’s illustrated notebooks from 1983 to 1996, three sketch books from the 80s and 90s, and cinematic studies of his exhibition “Der Untergang der Bismarck” at the Zwinger Gallery, Berlin 1988, a castle moat in Riva, Italy 1997, a casting of Aguste Rodin’s “The Gates of Hell” in front of the Kunsthaus in Zürich 1988, an olive grove near Norma in Italy 1995, a magnolia tree in Basle 1996, burnt meat at Cabo de Creus in the Pyrennees 1988, an intersection in Owatonna, Minnesota 1995, and a house underpass in Giesshübelstrasse, Zurich 1996. In addition, there are 184 drawings from the series “Die Basis des Make-Up” as positives and negatives. The writings and visual representations are the property and legacy of a person who appears in the film THE HOLY BUNCH as an editor, in SECOND NATURE as a fashion designer, and in BLACK HARBOUR as a charcoal burner. THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP II is the fourth part of the series “Photography and beyond”.

THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP III 
(GER 1996-2004, 35mm, color, format 1 : 1,37, 26 min)
The film shows 38 of Heinz Emigholz’s notebooks and sketchbooks from 1996 to 2004: cinematic studies of marble inlays on the memorial slabs in the Johannes Cathedral in Valetta, Malta in 2004; of Skull Rock in Joshua Tree Desert in California, which gave the series its title; of Cerro Castellan in Big Bend National Park in Texas; of a rock shop in Quartzsite, Arizona that sells remnants from the glass factory in Henryetta as “gems from Mexico”; scenes from Bartlesville in Oklahoma; a tree covered with shoes on Highway 62 in California in 2002; and, in Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Villa Cargnacco in Gardone, Italy in 1997, the mask merchant’s room, the reliquary room, the workshop, the globe room, the Apollinian veranda, the room of the Cheli, and the Zambracca. THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP III is the ninth part of the series “Photography and beyond”.

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Credits

THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP I
Director, Screenplay, Drawings, Director of Photography and Editor
Heinz Emigholz
Produced by 
Pym Films
In Cooporation with
BMI World

THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP II
Director, Screenplay, Drawings, Director of Photography and Editor
Heinz Emigholz
Sound Design
Heiner Büld
Sound Mixing  
Stephan Konken
Produced by
Pym Films
In Cooperation with
FilmFörderung Hamburg and the WDR (Wilfried Reichart)

THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP III 
Director, Screenplay, Drawings, Director of Photography and Editor
Heinz Emigholz
Cooperators
Ueli Etter, Helmut Herbst, May Rigler, Thomas Wilk
Sound Editing
Jochen Jezussek, Christian Obermaier
Sound Mixing
Matthias Schwab