KURZSCHLUSS from Xaver Xylophon on Vimeo.

A gorgeous mixed-media animation about a tragic robot

KURZSCHLUSS (2009) by Miriam Frank, Georg Utz and Xaver Xylophon
Sound by Daniel Hatvani 

2000s / Film / animation / germany / indie / student film /

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matte-painting:

Before the popularization of matte and matte painting, filmmakers used the Schüfftan process to create their fantasy and sci-fi worlds. Utilizing a partial mirror and a lens with a very wide depth of field, cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan would seamlessly blend the partial model reflected in the mirror with the set (or location). This technique, a type of trompe l’oeil for the camera, is said to be the inspiration for glass panel matte painting and other matte techniques.
Though it has been almost completely replaced by more modern matte technology, the Schüfftan process is far from dead: Peter Jackson channeled the German cinematographer for scenes in his 2003 feature The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

matte-painting:

Before the popularization of matte and matte painting, filmmakers used the Schüfftan process to create their fantasy and sci-fi worlds. Utilizing a partial mirror and a lens with a very wide depth of field, cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan would seamlessly blend the partial model reflected in the mirror with the set (or location). This technique, a type of trompe l’oeil for the camera, is said to be the inspiration for glass panel matte painting and other matte techniques.

Though it has been almost completely replaced by more modern matte technology, the Schüfftan process is far from dead: Peter Jackson channeled the German cinematographer for scenes in his 2003 feature The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

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matte painting / schufftan process / cinematography / germany / matte /

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Trailer for The Edge of Heaven/Auf der anderen Seite (2007), dir. by Fatih Akin

Has anyone seen this?

2000s / germany / turkey / drama /

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Okay, back to Berlin Super 80! This might be my favorite film from the entire collection.

3302 - Taxifilm (1979), by Christoph Doering
(double-click to go to the YouTube page and watch part 2)

I wish I had a track listing sososo bad. That first song especially makes me swoon. Anyone?

1970s / super-8 / germany / berlin / favorite /

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Neubauten tangent. Not sorry.

Einstürzende Neubauten - “Sehnsucht”, from their feature-length film 1/2 Mensch/Halber Mensch (1986), directed by Sōgo Ishii

This movie’s pretty cool, actually; Neubauten did it as an accompaniment to their album by the same name. Tons of super-sexy avant garde performances with percussion on various things found about the place. All those tv screens flickering on at the beginning of the video just gives me the chills!!! I will blatantly rip that off someday, I swear I swear I swear! <3
And Sōgo Ishii is a brilliant filmmaker who first garnered attention in the early ’80s with his stylized punk films about Japanese biker gangs.

1980s / music videos and cinema / germany / neubauten spam? /

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Blixa Bargeld sings “Tomorrow Belongs To Me”, excerpt from Berlin Now (1985), directed by Wolfgang Büld and Sissi Kelling

Click here to go to Berlin Now's page on realeyz.com. Might as well, they obviously want you to.

(On a side note, Blixa is terribly strange and sexy here, per usual.)

1980s / germany / berlin / blixa bargeld / music videos and cinema /

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Ahh! I want to see this so badly!

"Tuvalu" (1999), directed by Veit Helmer
Summary: “In a desolate and colorless landscape stands a dilapidated bathhouse run by a puffed-up blind man, his long-suffering wife, and their son Anton, who does all the work. He’s lonely and unsophisticated, and he falls in love with the beautiful Eva, who comes to bathe with her father. When Eva and her father lose their home, they come to the bathhouse to stay, but bits of the ceiling fall on the old man and he dies. Eva blames Anton, and she seems to seek the arms of the brute Gregor. Can Anton win back her heart, get the bathhouse through a rigorous government inspection, and help keep his parents employed? Waiting out there somewhere is the paradise isle of Tuvalu.”

This film borrows heavily from German Expressionism as well as the avant-garde; it has been compared to Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro’s work (City of Lost Children, Delicatessen), along with David Lynch’s “Eraserhead”. It sports hand tints over black-and-white film and contains very little dialog, which, combined with the decrepit scenery and machines and use of water, makes for a breathtaking and dreamy trailer.

Do you think you could handle a 2-hour colorless movie where nobody speaks?
If you think you can, or you have before, then… er, well good for you. ‘Cause it makes me sad when people balk at movies from the ’70s and say “Oh, that movie is so old!”

Or even worse, “I don’t really like old movies, but The Godfather/A Clockwork Orange/The Warriors/Rocky/Animal House/Star Wars/Xanadu was totally awesome!”
(You see what I did there? Of course you did. Nobody thought Xanadu was awesome.)

P.S. - the song that plays for the second half of the trailer is called "The Mocking Song" by composer Goran Bregovic. He’s pretty amazing. Oh, and he’s worked with Iggy Pop.

germany / avant-garde / lol xanadu /

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