Entries by Greg DeCuir

Fritz Lang (1974/1990)

Director: Werner Dütsch First broadcast: 3 December 1990 Werner Dütsch, born in 1939, came to the WDR film department in 1970. Over more than three decades, he produced essayistic work by Helmut Färber, Harun Farocki, Hartmut Bitomsky, and the like. He also acted as a co-producer for films by Johan van der Keuken (Amsterdam, Global […]

TELEKRITIK: Über Song of Ceylon

Director: Harun Farocki First broadcast: 7 October 1975 Depending on how you count, Harun Farocki’s 30-minute analysis of Basil Wright’s The Song of Ceylon was either the third or the fourth program the director realised for the Telekritik series at WDR. In 1973, his The Trouble with Images (1973) had provoked heated debates within the […]

Towards an alternative history of the video essay: Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne

by Volker Pantenburg This dossier on audiovisual essays focuses on a trajectory in the history of the video essay that tends to be ignored in current discussions of the format. According to a well-known genealogical account, the video essay was born from the encounter of platforms like YouTube, social media, cinephilia 2.0, inexpensive DIY editing […]

A new era of Maghrebi-French cinema: Two perspectives

From Tunis to Casablanca and further afield in the diaspora, Maghrebi-French filmmakers have articulated the historical transformations of their societies, including their changing place in the world. All the major events and historical moments that have shaped the Maghreb have been put on camera, with original and critical portrayals detailing the social, political, and economic […]

Whose perspective is this? A few thoughts on Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s Studies on the Ecology of Drama

Since the early 1990s, Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila has been considered a master of the split-screen installation form. Her large-scale, multi-channel cinematic works create specific perceptual situations, while investigating the construction of audiovisual discourses and testing potentialities and limits of cinematic narration. In her works, Ahtila challenges cinema’s conventions of single-channel storytelling, using multiple screens […]

Urban Now: City Life in Congo

The exhibition Urban Now: City Life in Congo took place at WIELS (Brussels) from 8 May – 14 August 2016 and was co-organised by Congolese artist Sammy Baloji and Belgian anthropologist Filip de Boeck. Baloji currently divides his time between Lubumbashi and Brussels and has exhibited his work in manifold exhibitions, such as Hunting and […]

Promenade through the theatre of illusion: Dioramas in Palais de Tokyo

The exhibition Dioramas, curated by Claire Garnier, Laurent Le Bon, and Florence Ostende at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, proposes the first extensive cross-media survey of one of the most fascinating theatres of illusion and apparatuses of display – the diorama. The survey covers a period spanning from the beginning of the nineteenth century to […]

Topophilic tendencies at Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival

Described variously in the media over the years as ‘one of the most idiosyncratic film events in the UK’[1] and ‘willfully eclectic’,[2] the eleventh edition of Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival (Flatpack)[3] took place 4-9 April 2017.[4] Situated in the UK’s second city, Flatpack[5] has come to embody a specific representation of its home city that […]

Breaking down the tribes: Opening night films at Frameline and Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival

The opening night film for an LGBTQ film festival is a rare opportunity to bring all the members of the community together. As such, it is imperative for the films in this privileged position to resonate with audiences beyond merely having a gay or lesbian character. The queerness of the films of these festivals can […]

Fashion film festivals: Shifting perspectives on fashion in one of the world’s dirtiest industries

Fashion film festivals have quite suddenly mushroomed worldwide. After the establishment of the pioneering Fashion in Film Festival[1] in 2006 in London, the idea was picked up in Paris by fashion critic and blogger Diane Pernet, who founded A Shaded View On Fashion Film[2] in 2008. From then on, the fashion film festival concept has […]

Mapping the fashion film festival landscape: Fashion, film, and the digital age

The digital revolution and the reorganisation of the media environment have contributed to the emergence of new forms to communicate and to apprehend media. These mutations and technological evolutions have allowed renewed fashion imagery and enabled new forms of communicating fashion, making fashion films a relevant and widely broadcasted form. Forms of distribution move from […]

The dress is the screen: Dancing fashion, dancing media

by Marie-Aude Baronian ‘I am nothing without my dress’, says Loïe Fuller’s character in the feature film La Danseuse (Stéphanie Di Gusto, 2016), a biopic that focuses on the American dancer’s rise to fame with her Serpentine dances. The film, which can be seen as evidence of Fuller’s everlasting, inspiring, and influential effects, can also […]