The Clock: Notions of Cinematic Temporality
Film curator and author Alexander Horwath recently left his position at the Austrian Film Museum, where he served as director from 2002 to 2017.
This program is a somewhat surrealist-populist attempt at telling a story of the twentieth century. In a more serious vein, it relates to three different notions of cinematic temporality: it talks about leisure or “free time” (a realm of life usually regarded as the province of movie-going); it addresses the “time of film” (a passing era that also produced new concepts of history and memory, both of which are now becoming more tenuous by the nanosecond); and it celebrates our imprisonment in “film time” when experiencing a theatrical projection (the distinct duration of a film, its irrevocable passing at a specific pace of X frames per second). Another way of looking at this film selection is through the eyes of Amos Vogel, who was born in Vienna in 1921, and who died in New York in 2012. I hope that the program can also serve as a tribute to Amos. Among his many achievements in film culture was a new approach toward placing films alongside each other in an evening’s program, freed from their traditional groupings by era, genre, aesthetic, etc. In addition, the Viennese amateur film shown here—HA.WEI. March 14, 1938—is a document of the historical moment that turned seventeen-year-old Amos Vogelbaum into an exile.
Films in this Screening
Jorge Lorenzo Flores Garza, Mexico, 2008
Meissen Porcelain! The Diodattis’ Living Sculptures at the Berlin Conservatory [fragment]
The Case of Lena Smith [fragment]
Josef von Sternberg, United States, 1929
Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Austria, 2008
HA.WEI. March 14, 1938 [archival title]
Humphrey Jennings, United Kingdom, 1939
Jeff Scher, United States, 1977
Robert Breer, United States/France, 1956–57
Peter Kubelka, Austria, 1958
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2006
A cinematic blessing designed as an alternative to the national anthem played before every screening in Thailand.
Roller Coaster Rabbit
Rob Minkoff, United States, 1990
Robert Frank, United States/Switzerland, 1996