Month: July 2019

listen-to-the-radio-2019-gehoert-gesehen-ein-radiofilm-brossmann-paede-review

LISTEN TO THE RADIO

Listen to the Radio – produced by NIkolaus Geyrhalter, directed by Jakob Brossmann and David Paede, and focusing on the radio station Ö1 – seems to us more than an extremely nationalistic documentary, it is actually a true declaration of love to Austria and to a reality that is so important to it, as one of the few manifestations that attempt to overcome the not easy political and economic moment.

baroque-statues-1970-lassnig-review

BAROQUE STATUES

The short film Baroque Statues proves to be a decisive forerunner of the turn that would take painter Maria Lassnig’s poetics in the years to come. Perfectly faithful to what the artist had already realised in painting, the central figure is precisely the human body, always seen as a prison, whose forms take on ever less defined characteristics, aiming for an ideal final liberation.

party-hard-die-young-2018-die-letzte-party-deines-lebens-hartl-review

PARTY HARD DIE YOUNG

Although, nowadays, there have been so many similar films to our Party hard die young, one has to give credit to the young director Dominik Hartl – who has always been a horror fan – for having attempted, in his own way, a totally personal interpretation and direction.

1-april-2000-1952-liebeneiner-review

1. APRIL 2000

It is not surprising that a feature film like 1. April 2000 (a fine fantapolitical satire directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner) was made precisely in 1952, seven years after the end of the world war and only three years before the Austrian State Treaty by which, among other things, the nation’s neutrality was officially proclaimed.

hedy-lamarr-icy-actress-brillant-inventor-cinema-austriaco

HEDY LAMARR – ICY ACTRESS, BRILLANT INVENTOR

On the occasion of the pre-opening of the 76th Venice Film Festival, the feature film Ecstasy, a 1933 co-production between Czechoslovakia and Austria directed by Gustav Machaty, which caused quite a scandal at the time, will be screened. Merit for its success, (also) a very young Hedy Lamarr. But who was, in fact, Hedy Lamarr? It was not only her career as an actress that made her go down in history, in fact it is also thanks to this extraordinary personality that all of us, nowadays, can enjoy that useful invention called wi-fi.

die-zirkusgräfin-1912-doermann-review

DIE ZIRKUSGRÄFIN

While it is true that Austrian cinema was officially born in 1908 (with the film Von Stufe zu Stufe by Henz Hanus), a film like Die Zirkusgräfin – directed by writer, librettist and actor Felix Dörmann in 1912 – can be considered one of the first, worthwhile works of the aforementioned cinema.