A perfect Pair is distinguished first and foremost by the subtle irony and self-irony that has always characterised the works of VALIE EXPORT. The protagonists seem almost like caricatures, but, in fact, they fit well into a context in which advertising and the exhortation to consumerism play a central role.
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.
The Angel with the Trumpet, the successful feature film by Karl Hartl from 1948 and freely adapted from the novel The Vienna Melody, written by Ernst Lothar in 1946, is a family saga and faithful portrait of around sixty years of Austrian history, which successfully mixes the two different points of view – that of Hartl himself, as well as the point of view from the original novel.
A precocious Girl, a lively musical comedy of misunderstandings made in 1934 and directed by Max Neufeld, is a breath of fresh air. Yet, if one places this feature film within the vast production of sentimental comedies made in Austria between the beginning of the 1930s and the early 1940s, it is basically similar to many other films with, in addition, several imperfections within it.