Month: December 2021

MISTER KARL

In Mister Karl, director Kurt Mayer opted for a classic approach, which, in this case, proves to be an excellent solution. A classic approach and an elliptical structure that aims first and foremost to move the audience and to pay tribute to the great Karlheinz Böhm, his career and his extraordinary generosity.

THE STORY OF VICKIE

The Story of Vickie is not intended to faithfully depict the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Marischka’s main aim – and that of Sil-Vara before him – is to entertain the audience, to move them and to make them dream with a classic love story.

DAS GLÜCK IST EIN VOGERL

Good feelings and stories with happy endings are always appreciated. Especially at Christmas time. And although Das Glück ist ein Vogerl does not stand out for special insights or directorial virtuosity, it works above all because of the excellent performances of the entire cast.

VILMA DEGISCHER – ICY ELEGANCE

If the character of Archduchess Sophie, young Sissi/Romy Schneider’s worst nightmare, has become so legendary and unforgettable, it is mainly due to excellent Vilma Degischer, who thanks (also) to her icy and apparently severe appearance proved to be the right person to play Emperor Franz Joseph’s mother.

PRATER

Ulrike Ottinger’s Prater is a rollercoaster ride, a ride on its many carousels, a true visual experience. Past and present meet, ‘collide’ and merge into one.

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TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS

Tales from the Vienna Woods is set in the early 1930s, but tells a story that could happen today, as well as tomorrow. Two stage actors introduce the audience to the stories of the protagonists at the Belvedere Gardens. Maximilian Schell’s camera immediately shows us a man from the back as the sun sets. An image that will recur frequently throughout the feature film along with numerous totals and pan shots necessary to maintain a certain detachment.

HELP, I SHRUNK MY FRIENDS

Help, I Shrunk My Friends is clearly inspired by the now cult film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. But if those nostalgic for that film – as well as for the glorious 1980s – are hoping to re-experience the same feelings they felt when watching Joe Johnston’s film, their expectations will inevitably be disappointed.

AMOS VOGEL – “SUBVERSIVE” CINEMA

Film critic, curator and film historian Amos Vogel would have turned 100 years old on April 18, 2021. To celebrate this, the Österreichisches Filmmuseum in cooperation with the Viennale organised the retrospective Amos Vogel – Film as a subversive Art, which takes its title from the book of the same name written by the author in 1974. The cinema he researched is a cinema considered ‘different’, made by filmmakers who wanted to ‘free themselves’ from the demands of the big production companies and who would have hardly received the attention they deserved.