Videographic scene analyses, part 2

by Miklós Kiss As guest editor, my focus for the audiovisual essay section of the Spring and Autumn 2018 issues of NECSUS is original scene analyses as examples of autonomous and explanatorily argumentative videographic criticism. I aimed to inspire the making of videographic works that provide ‘straightforward close analyses of specific scenes of movies – […]

Videographic scene analyses, part 1

by Miklós Kiss As guest editor, my focus for the audiovisual essay section of the Spring and Autumn 2018 issues of NECSUS is original scene analyses as examples of autonomous and explanatorily argumentative videographic criticism. My aim was to inspire the creation of videographic works that provide straightforward close analyses of specific scenes of movies […]

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 zwei Filme von Peter Nestler

Director: Rainer Gansera First broadcast: 28 October 1975 TELEKRITIK was a series of programs with at least ten installments between 1973 and 1975. Its commissioning editor, Angelika Wittlich, had just finished university when she began her work. She recalls: I had just come to the WDR. I had done German and Romance Studies and was […]

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 […]

Problems with the gendered POV shot in ‘Lilya 4-Ever’

by Kiera Sandusky I made an earlier version of this video for my final project in Form and Meaning, a core film/video class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago meant to give a theoretical understanding of film editing. Kevin B. Lee taught my section of the class and gave us the opportunity […]