Over the past half-century, two tendencies have dominated independent, artisanal filmmaking. One of these is the fascination with the material artifacts of cinema´s history: it is often called »found-footage filmmaking« and sometimes »recycled cinema«. Filmmakers working in this vein are often archeologists of cinema, aesthetically and/or ideologically engaging with the work of earlier generations of filmmakers of all kinds. The other tendency has produced a remarkable cinema of Place: depictions of a wide range of environments that ask us to really see (and hear) where we and our human colleagues across the globe are in relation to our natural/cultural environments. Throughout his long career, Gustav Deutsch has been an important contributor to both these tendencies.(Scott MacDonald)
01 ADRIA - HOLIDAY FILMS 1954-68 (SCHOOL OF SEEING I), 1990, 16mm (S- 8 Blow-up), col & b/w, 37 min
02 EYEWITNESSES IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES Gustav Deutsch, Mostafa Tabbou, 1993, 16mm, col, 33 min
03 NOTES AND SKETCHES I 31 poket films, 2005-2015, digital, col, 60 min
BONUS: SAT., 29TH OF JUNE/ARCTIC CIRCLE, 1990, 16mm (S- 8, Blow-up), col, 3 min
DVD Extra: 20 pages bilingual English-German booklet featuring HERE AND THERE/NOW AND THEN: THE CINEMA OF GUSTAV DEUTSCH by Scott MacDonald
Summer, sun, beach games and other attractions: holidays and excursions have always motivated amateur and professional filmmakers to switch their camera on – also later at home to be able to dream away. Out of such anonymous Super-8 shots the renowned experimental filmmaker Gustav Deutsch composed in 1990 a very entertaining master home movie that leads us to the Adria (Adria - Holiday Films 1954-68. School of Seeing I).
For Eyewitnesses in Foreign Countries (1993) the Austrian Gustav Deutsch and the Moroccan Mostafa Tabbou have gazed into each other’s native place: an enlightening “authentic film-experiment in 600 takes” that shows how everyday life is special in the eyes of the beholder from afar.
Travelogues can also contain “mini-dramas”: this is what the “pocket films” of Notes and Sketches I (2005-15) reveal. Surprising behavioral studies of man and animal, the hidden humor of nature’s phenomena as well as of automatized routines make good entertainment for your home cinema and for all ages.
Gustav Deutsch: Not Home. Picturing the Foreign Films 1990-2015
Submitted by MEstes on
Honestly, I found "Eyewitnesses" to be a failed experiment, one that looks interesting in concept but is ultimately inane. As one married to someone who grew up on another continent, my experience tells me the differences in perspective are subtle and difficult to separate from individuality and pressures of birth family. It was boring and unenlightening to me.
The "Notes and Sketches:" held some interest, but fell far short of his similar in tone "Film Ist."
I watched, "Adria -Holiday Films 1954-68" twice in succession. I was entertained the first time, and entralled on the second viewing. It's personal, it's original, and it's perceptive-everything I want from a film.
Thanks as always, Michael.
Submitted by Marcos Ortega on
Thanks as always, Michael. Glad to see you back :-)
Submitted by MEstes on
I started a brief review of "Variations," but was interrupted by an ill-advised appointment. If you don't mind, I think I'll review several DVDs while I'm cataloguing my A-G DVD and Bluray collection.
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