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Film & kunst GmbH

Works: 110 works in 176 publications in 3 languages and 1,006 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Experimental films  Nonfiction films  Film adaptations  Silent films  Short films  Documentary films  History  Biographies  Biographical films 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Film & kunst GmbH
Abschied von gestern & Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin by Alexander Kluge( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in German and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin: Roswitha Bronski is a married mother of three at the center of the protest movement. She finds her plans for social change are easier to realize outside family life
Klassenverhältnisse = Class relations by Danièle Huillet( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in German and English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film is based on Kafka's unfinished novel "Der Verschollene". It doesn't deal with the real United States but it is rather a kind of allegory taking place at no specific time in history. Straub and Huillet's version is about class relations and about the society that is created by capitalism, which is utterly cruel, capricious and ludicrous
Shestai︠a︡ chastʹ mira( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in Russian and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shestai︠a︡ chastʹ mira: A "state of the USSR report", an extraordinary compilation of images from throughout the Soviet Union that chronicles the spread of the Bolshevik Revolution as well as the technological changes affecting the lives of Soviet citizens. Constructed like a piece of music (a contrapuntal structure, recurring themes, crescendos and diminuendos, prestos and lentos, etc.)" (viewed Aug. 11, 2010)
Die freudlose Gasse by G. W Pabst( Visual )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in German and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drama about the hunger and passion of the people living under the distorted conditions of inflation-ridden, post-World-War-I Vienna
Ėntuziazm : simfonii︠a︡ Donʹbassa( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in Russian and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vertov's first sound film. This lyrical documentary celebrates the enthusiasm with which the peasants and miners of the Donets Basin in Russia fulfilled their first five-year plan quotas following the October Revolution. The film is noted for its innovative use of sound in synchronization as well as in counterpoint, and for its interesting cinematic effects, such as multiple superimpositions
Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos & Die unbezähmbare Leni Peickert by Alexander Kluge( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in German and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like her father before her, the circus director Leni Peickert wants to show off high-class artistic performances. Yet she still feels naturalness to be her ideal. Her innovations cause the business to declare bankruptcy. Circus and revolution are radical forms of self-realization. Leni Peickert and her elephants try hard ... [back of container]
Casting a glance ; RR by James Benning( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Casting a glance one artist pays tribute to another as James Benning offers his filmic paean to Robert Smithson's legendary 'earthwork' sculpture, the Spiral Jetty. With RR, his homage to the American railroad, the filmmaker brings an era to its close by going back to cinema's roots. Shot back-to-back over a period of two years, these works marked James Benning's farewell to analog filmmaking and together constitute the profound 'last words' on the film medium by one of its most singular innovators. This 2-disc set presents both films together with rare audio interviews in which Benning recounts the experience of making his 'last' films and gives unique insight into his creative methods."--Container
California trilogy by James Benning( Visual )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constitués chacun de trente-cinq plans de deux minutes et demie, les films El Valley Centro, Los et Sogobi composent les trois volets d'un triptyque qui deviendra connu sous le nom de "trilogie californienne". Dans El Valley Centro prédominent les questions de l'agriculture et de la gestion de l'eau à travers des plans montrant des systèmes d'irrigation et de récolte, où la Grande Vallée apparaît comme un réseau complexe de forces naturelles et politiques. Los est consacré aux paysages urbains de Los Angeles, ville près de laquelle réside le cinéaste. Plans dépassionnés et impeccablement composés mettant au jour les lignes de forces de l'espace urbain. Sogobi ("Terre" dans la langue des natifs indiens shoshones) est composé, comme les deux films qui le précèdent, de trente-cinq plans de même durée, ici récoltés au cours de séjours dans la nature californienne : cactus, pétroglyphes, tempêtes de sable et de neige, où apparaissent peu à peu les signes de l'occupation humaine. []
Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt ; & Melodie der Welt( Visual )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in German and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt, Walther Ruttmann directed the landmark film of the 1920s symphonic cityscapes, with Melodie der Welt he shot the first German sound feature. This 2-disc DVD set presents both these classics in newly restored versions and adds all the surviving short films he directed between 1921 and 1931. Ruttmann's innovative experimentations in movement, color and sound confirm his status as a pioneer of modern media art."--Container
Eika Katappa & Der Tod der Maria Malibran by Werner Schroeter( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in German and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eika Katappa: A collage of dramatic scenes, some exaggerated to comic effect, with asynchronous sound from well known classic, operatic, and rock and roll music - with different approaches to love, suffering, and death
Der Eiffelturm, King Kong und die weiße Frau & Mann ohne Kopf( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mann ohne Kopf: Ballads and murder ballads are elemental narrative styles that are the precursor to the cinema. They relate destinies and emotion
Deseret ; Four corners by James Benning( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the 1990s, James Benning's films were characterized primarily by an ongoing investigation of the relationship between the image and the (spoken or written) word. This 2-disc set features the two key works representing the peak of this "text-image film" period. In Deseret Benning (by way of the New York Times) retells the history of America's Mormon State Utah through spectacular black & white and color images. Art and landscape join as one in Benning's following film Four Corners, which serves as both a tribute to the famous region in the USA where four states converge and a portrait of four very different artists."--Container
Nerven by Robert Reinert( Visual )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writer, producer, director Robert Reinert tries to capture the nervous epidemic caused by war and misery which drives people mad. His portrait of the life in 1919 Germany, filmed on location in Munich, describes the cases of different people from all levels of society. Factory owner Roloff loses his mind in view of catastrophes and social disturbances. Teacher John is the hero of the masses. Marja turns into a radical revolutionary. Using different fragments the Munich Film Museum was able to reconstruct this forgotten German classic; a unique historical document and a precursor of the 1920s expressionist cinema
Dokumentarische Filme, 1931-1933 by Ella Bergmann-Michel( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in German and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since 1920 artist, photographer, and filmmaker Ella Bergmann-Michel lived and worked at the "Schmelz", an old paint mill near Frankfurt on Main. With guests such as Kurt Schwitters and László Moholy-Nagy the house became an important locale for modern artists. Between 1931 and 1933 she made five silent documentary films that constitute a rare example of socially involved and equally artistic film. The DVD contains these five films, a documentary film about the artist and a comprehensive booklet with essays on Ella Bergmann-Michel's films
Fragments of Kubelka( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This epic documentary subtly introduces the complex world view of iconic filmmaker and theoretician Peter Kubelka (born 1934, Vienna). While Kubelka's radical and pioneering body of films is a highly condensed work of about an hour focussing on the essence of cinema, his legendary lectures often unfold over many hours. These lectures on "what is cinema" and "cooking as an art form" are frequently illuminated by presentation of archaeological objects from Kubelka's eclectic collection. He considers his ongoing collecting to be an expanded film practice which explores the evolution of humanity. Martina Kudláček has carefully woven an open-ended portrait which goes beyond the biographical to reveal fresh insights into the phenomenon of film."--Conteneur
Po zakonu = By the law by L. V Kuleshov( Visual )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in Russian and No Linguistic content and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lev Kuleshov's legendary "constructivist Western" (adapted from a story by Jack London) was a highlight of the Soviet Cinema of the 1920s and one of the most popular films of its time. Upon finding gold in the Yukon a group of prospectors descend into murder. The survivors are facing an existential choice. The DVD presents a new transfer of the film and a contemporary score by Austrian composer and musician Franz Reisecker. As an extra it includes the only surviving fragment of Kuleshov's Vasha znakomaya, featuring sets by avantgarde artist Aleksandr Rodchenko."
Die Parallelstraße La route parallèle = The parallel street by Ferdinand Khittl( Visual )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in German and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five men are participants in a discussion, a sixth man observes them as a minute taker. Their task is to classify documents that are related to another man whose identity is not disclosed. These documents, against the black and white scenes of their discussions, are short color sequences accompanied by the minute taker reading narration. They have three nights, and their death awaits if they do not succeed
Vier Filme mit Asta Nielsen = Four films with Asta Nielsen = Quatre films avec Asta Nielsen( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This 2-disc DVD set shows the versatility of silent diva Asta Nielsen: She fights for women's rights in Die Suffragette, speculates successfully at the stock market in Die Bö̈rsenkönigin, and shows off as an adolescent woman in male attire and as an Eskimo woman in the comedies Das Liebes-ABC and Das Eskimobaby."--Container
Friedrich Schiller - eine Dichterjugend by Curt Goetz( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in German and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A silent film about the youth of the leading German 18th century dramatist, poet, and literary theorist Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805). In 1773 he had to leave home and spent miserable years under strict discipline at the military academy of The Duke Karl Eugen, which only strengthened his longing for freedom. His first play "The Robbers" (1781) spoke of the ideas of liberty and became a landmark in German theater. Following the conventions of the silent movie era, the positive was tinted
Crazy cinématographe : europäisches Jahrmarktkino 1896-1916( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in German and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early fairground cinema and particularly travelling cinemas contributed to the rapid establishment of the cinematograph as a popular medium
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