Famous Directors - First Poetry Films (1910-1927)
6.00 pm Kino 1
In the early 20th Century prominent poets were just as inspired by the cinema as great filmmakers were by poetry. We will be showing known and unknown gems from the earliest period of film, with musical accompaniment by André Feldhaus. One of the earliest poetry films of all is "The Unchanging Sea" (D. W. Griffith) from 1910 after a poem by Charles Kingsley. Under the name Michael Curtiz he became world famous with "Casablanca" , but one of the first works by Mihály Kertesz was a poetry film. "Jön az öcsem" ("My brother is coming"), loosely based on the poem of the same name by Antal Farkas, is an early testimony to the time of political upheaval in Hungary. The film, made in 1919, will be given its German première at this year's ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival. With its futuristic setting of Walt Whitman's big-city melancholia, Manhatta (1921) by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand sets standards even today. "L`invitation au voyage" ("Invitation to a journey", 1927) by Germaine Dulac is a timeless interpretation of Charles Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal".
Curated and presented by: Jeanpaul Goergen (film historian, Berlin).
With the kind support of:
The Unchanging Sea
USA 1910, D.W.Griffith, 16mm
Kinemathek Hamburg e.V. / Thomas Pfeiffer
Jön az öcsém
Hungary 1919, Mihály Kertesz alias Michael Curtiz, 35mm
Hungarian National Film Archive, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin / Dr. György Fehéri
USA 1921, Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler (DVD from 2K DPX data, digitally restored 2006-2009, 11:42 minutes). New orchestral music score by Donald Sosin. Bruce Posner produced and supervised the digital restoration through the collaborative support of Anthology Film Archives, British Film Institute, DTS Digital Images, Lane Collection, The Library of Congress, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, and Nederlands Filmmuseum.Film & music © 2009 Anthology Film Archives. Sound recording © (p) [in circle] 2008 Anthology Film Archives. All rights reserved.
L´Invitation au voyage
France 1927, Germaine Dulac, 16mm
Light Cone/Christophe Bichon