Month: October 2019

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RALF’S COLORS

Spaces are the great protagonists of Ralf’s Colors, directed by Lukas Marxt. Wide-open spaces, which almost convey a strange sense of agoraphobia, together with their striking beauty. Open spaces and unspoilt nature that, from time to time, alternate – in juxtaposition – with images of tall buildings, filmed by the director’s camera almost like a symmetrical abstract composition. At the Viennale 2019.

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DIE WARSCHAUER ZITADELLE

Sinuous bodies, together with intense close-ups, become the great protagonists of Die Warschauer Zitadelle (made in 1930 by Louise Kolm-Fleck and Jakob Fleck), which, in turn, stands out above all for its stylistic elegance, fluent camera movements and, last but not least, an excellent script that is both romantic and brutal at the same time and not at all predictable, ranking as one of the couple’s most mature films. At the Viennale 2019, within the retrospective dedicated to Louise Kolm-Fleck.

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EIN TAG AUS DEM FAMILIENLEBEN DES ERZHERZOG LEOPOLD SALVATOR

Ein Tag aus dem Familienleben des Erzherzog Leopold Salvator (‘a day in the private life of Duke Leopold Salvator together with his family’), made in 1913, despite a very rudimentary direction for the time, is, all in all, enjoyable and pleasant, but also ironic and self-mocking in its simplicity and naivety. At the Viennale 2019, as part of the retrospective dedicated to Louise Kolm-Fleck.

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CRUCIFIED GIRL

In Crucified Girl, Louise Kolm-Fleck and Jakob Fleck staged the personal tragedy of a young woman in a sensitive and completely subjective way, so that they could empathise with what was being portrayed, but also maintain the right detachment and rationality in portraying such a dramatic situation that only a few people at the time could really understand. At the Viennale 2019.