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The Basis of Make-Up I-III

GER 1974-1983 / 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 Heinz Emigholz’s later work.
 

Synopsis

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”.

Press reviews

In the rapid sequence of shots, however, the pages divide themselves; their entirely undramatic concatenation during the editing process sees them reduced to parts, to particles, which nevertheless open themselves up to one another – immediately and directly – and whose formal idiosyncrasies foment a strangely seductive ‘game with history’. The written figures, the pictorial fragments, the drawings transpose themselves into unusual narrative splinters. Here, the causative cinematographic animation of image sequences – a legacy of Eadweard Muybridge – presents itself as a surprisingly new perception of an opening up of the sequenced shots towards an ‘affection of the whole’, to an ‘open whole’ (Deleuze) – that of a film – and furthermore to the open whole of the whole life of Heinz Emigholz. (Marc Ries, Museum der Gegenwart)

Awards and Festivals

- Berlinale Forum 1984, 2001, 2005 (Domnick-Filmpreis 1984)
- Viennale 2002
- New York Film Festival 2002

Weitere Texte

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. (Das xx. Jahrhundert – Ein Jahrhundert Kunst in Deutschland)

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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

DVD-Details

Extras
Talk with Heinz Emigholz and Eugen Blume, curator of the exhibition THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP (1974-2007) at the museum "Hamburger Bahnhof" in Berlin (german only, 50 min), Folder
Language
Internationale Version (no dialogue)
Country Code
Code-free
System
NTSC / Color
Length
94 min (Part I: 20 min, Part II: 48 min, Part III: 26 min) + 50 min Extras
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
DD 2.0
Content
Softbox (Set Content: 1), Folder
Release
14.12.2007
Rating
No age restriction

Distribution Details

Distribution Germany
Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst

Screening Format
35mm (Part I: silent, Part II-III: Dolby Stereo SR) 
Aspect Ratio
35mm, 1:1,37
Language
Internationale Version (no dialogue)
License Area
Worldwide
Rating
No age restriction