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Dokumentarische Filme 1931-1933 Dokumentarische Filme 1931-1933

Ella Bergmann-Michel Ella Bergmann-Michel
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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 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy the house became an important locale for modern artists. Between 1931 and 1933 she made five documentary films that constitute a rare example of socially involved and equally artistic film.

'In a cultural union 'bund das neue frankfurt' (alliance the new frankfurt), with a journal by the same name, there had also been, among other groups, one founded for the distribution and creation of good film. It was joined to the 'Liga fur unabhangigen Film' (league of independent film). There were to be critical lectures and the production of our own informative films. This group was led by three people, one of them was I.
One day the architect Mart Stam proposed to me to make a film on the Budge-home for the aged built by him, Moser and Kramer. Unfortunately I was not in the possession of a camera of my own. There was a photographer who had a camera with a hand crank. Based on a script written by me and Mart Stam I directed the film. This building had light and sun in large pleasant rooms. It had been finished in 1929 and was, to Frankfurt standards, very modern offering all amenities to old people. Thus the home for the aged was filmed and the well being of the old was shown. The ground plan of the building as well as the variability of some rooms was animated through special effects using drawings. After the first showing in the program of a matinee at the 'bund das neue frankfurt' along with the films Die neue Wohnung (The New Apartment) by Hans Richter and Abbruch und Aufbau (Tearing Down and Building Up) by Wilfried Basse the Frankfurter Zeitung observed at the time that it had been a successful demonstration of cultural film. Cinemas in Frankfurt and Berlin took over the film as a supporting feature. Film distributor was the 'bund das neue frankfurt'. German and foreign construction companies bought copies.
All my short films are silent films. The home-for-the-aged film and the unemployed-film have intertitles. Language in short film in those years was substituted by camera angles and movements, cut and montage analogous to those silent documentary films of the 'Liga fur unabhangigen Film' in the matinees of the 'bund das neue frankfurt': Marseille by Moholy-Nagy, Regen (Rain) by Joris Ivens, Deutschlandfilm (Germany film) by Basse, Nanuk (Nanook of the North) by Flaherty, Eiffelturm (Eiffel-tower) by Ren Clair.' - Ella Bergmann-Michel: My Documentary Films, 1977

This DVD contains:
Wo wohnen alte Leute / Where Old People Live, 1931, 13 min
Erwerbslose kochen fur Erwerbslose / Unemployed are Cooking for the Unemployed, 1932, 9 min
Fliegende Handler in Frankfurt am Main / Travelling Hawkers in Frankfurt am Main 1932, Work print, 21 min
Fischfang in der Rhon (an der Sinn) / Fishing in the Rhon (at the Sinn), 1932, 10 min
Wahlkampf 1932 (Letzte Wahl) / Election Campaign 1932 (Last Election), 1932/33, 13 min


All Edition Filmmuseum DVDs are strictly for private home use. Please contact Osterreichisches Filmmuseum directly for screening rights. 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 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy the house became an important locale for modern artists. Between 1931 and 1933 she made five documentary films that constitute a rare example of socially involved and equally artistic film.

'In a cultural union 'bund das neue frankfurt' (alliance the new frankfurt), with a journal by the same name, there had also been, among other groups, one founded for the distribution and creation of good film. It was joined to the 'Liga fur unabhangigen Film' (league of independent film). There were to be critical lectures and the production of our own informative films. This group was led by three people, one of them was I.
One day the architect Mart Stam proposed to me to make a film on the Budge-home for the aged built by him, Moser and Kramer. Unfortunately I was not in the possession of a camera of my own. There was a photographer who had a camera with a hand crank. Based on a script written by me and Mart Stam I directed the film. This building had light and sun in large pleasant rooms. It had been finished in 1929 and was, to Frankfurt standards, very modern offering all amenities to old people. Thus the home for the aged was filmed and the well being of the old was shown. The ground plan of the building as well as the variability of some rooms was animated through special effects using drawings. After the first showing in the program of a matinee at the 'bund das neue frankfurt' along with the films Die neue Wohnung (The New Apartment) by Hans Richter and Abbruch und Aufbau (Tearing Down and Building Up) by Wilfried Basse the Frankfurter Zeitung observed at the time that it had been a successful demonstration of cultural film. Cinemas in Frankfurt and Berlin took over the film as a supporting feature. Film distributor was the 'bund das neue frankfurt'. German and foreign construction companies bought copies.
All my short films are silent films. The home-for-the-aged film and the unemployed-film have intertitles. Language in short film in those years was substituted by camera angles and movements, cut and montage analogous to those silent documentary films of the 'Liga fur unabhangigen Film' in the matinees of the 'bund das neue frankfurt': Marseille by Moholy-Nagy, Regen (Rain) by Joris Ivens, Deutschlandfilm (Germany film) by Basse, Nanuk (Nanook of the North) by Flaherty, Eiffelturm (Eiffel-tower) by Ren Clair.' - Ella Bergmann-Michel: My Documentary Films, 1977

This DVD contains:
Wo wohnen alte Leute / Where Old People Live, 1931, 13 min
Erwerbslose kochen fur Erwerbslose / Unemployed are Cooking for the Unemployed, 1932, 9 min
Fliegende Handler in Frankfurt am Main / Travelling Hawkers in Frankfurt am Main 1932, Work print, 21 min
Fischfang in der Rhon (an der Sinn) / Fishing in the Rhon (at the Sinn), 1932, 10 min
Wahlkampf 1932 (Letzte Wahl) / Election Campaign 1932 (Last Election), 1932/33, 13 min


All Edition Filmmuseum DVDs are strictly for private home use. Please contact Osterreichisches Filmmuseum directly for screening rights.

Extras

20 page booklet with texts on Ella Bergmann-Michel.

Bonus material:
Music scores by Gunter A. Buchwald
Fliegende Handler in Frankfurt am Main / Travelling Hawkers in Frankfurt am Main, 1932, Rough cut 46 min
Fragmente / Fragments 1 min
Mein Herz schlagt Blau - Ella Bergmann-Michel / Blue is the Beat of my Heart - Ella Bergmann-Michel Jutta Hercher & Maria Hemmleb, 1989, 30 min

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SKU 4260100330094
Year 1931-33 (DVD 2010)
Director Bergmann-Michel, Ella
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Edition Film Museum
Countries Germany
Colour B&W
Subtitles English
Language(s) German, German intertitles
Running time 133 min
DVD region 0, PAL
Certificate N/a

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