May 1, 2021

may night

 


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                                 Huillet: 
                            But after all, resistance is not liberty, 
           it's more the defense of liberty.









"...art tries invariably to revive in people 
this incessant thirst for ideal states 
which precede the division in classes."
S.M. Eisenstein



No such luxury when the banker says


Wonderful, convivial facts: Said by whom and why? So you film the banker. Or rather, a man (a friend) in the garb of a banker of Caesar's day. And not in Caesar's day, but the day you filmed. And on that day, the flowers on the property. And not a banker's words, but those found and constructed by Brecht (a friend), to be clear. And not words but speech, broken in such a way to hear anew. And the man slowly being burned by the sun—not spotlights—his lips cracking, his skin reddening. His voice, his rhythm, the way it carries, all subjected to the rivalry of the wind. And the shots are shot askance. And the flowers behind, on the property, mix with the anger of those who come to consciousness.








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Huillet: Art is a fragile thing, very fragile. There was an orchestra in Dresden. We didn't hear it so often because the Wall was still up and our radio stations very seldom played music performed by the people of Eastern Europe. Since then, there's been an avalanche of Tchaikovsky and others, of recordings made in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Russia, etc. When we heard the musicians of the Dresden orchestra play Beethoven, Brahms, or Mozart, we said to ourselves: "There's something here that would be unthinkable in the best American orchestras, something right in our ears, that is, one feels these are people for whom time is not money, whereas in the best American orchestra, one always feels behind it time is money, time is money.

Straub: It's a perfect science, this hypercharge (survoltage). It is not the result of patience.

Huillet: This way of making music is disappearing, because as people's living conditions change, the artistic result also changes. And as for them, there wasn't any resistance, precisely. It was something that just came from their way of life. While to get the same thing now, they would have to start resisting, and it wouldn't necessarily be the same.






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Nicht versöhnt
Not Reconciled
"Non-reconciliation is also a way of making films, of fabricating them...."





















































And if the great thunder rolls
Over the pack of curs and hangmen
For us, the sun will forever
Shine on with its fiery beams
The time draws near for the worldwide revolt against the yoke of capitalism





Kino-Pravda no. 22









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Past May Day Dedications to 
Danièle Huillet on Kino Slang
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2007 - Examine Caesars 
2008 - Song of Two Humans, But...!
2009 - This Land is Mine
2010 - Men Without Women
2011 - Freedom
2012 - Small Grasses
2013 - That's Just What We Intend
2014 - The Lizards
2015 - (no post - misery)
2016 - Complete Animals
2017 - Huillet at Work (interview)
2018 - Straub/Huillet/Talking (interview)
2019 - Born May 1st. . .
2020 - We Caught a Political Conscience like One Catches Chickenpox








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1 comment:

Andy Rector said...

- Huillet quote from interview with Marie Frering, Bruno Tackels, and Nathalie Savey at Strasbourg, 1993. From RENCONTRES.
- production still from TOUTE RÉVOLUTION EST UN COUP DE DÉS (1977).
- Eisenstein and Tisse filming the apple orchard prologue of BEZHIN MEADOW (1935).
- still frame with English subtitles from GESCHICHTSUNTERRICHT | HISTORY LESSONS (1972) .
- production still from GESCHICHTSUNTERRICHT | HISTORY LESSONS
- Huillet and Straub quote from Strasbourg, 1993.
- Film extract: EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE (Allan Dwan, 1927)
- "N.V." production still from NICHT VERSÖHNT ODER ES HILFT NUR GEWALT, WO GEWALT HERRSCHT | NOT RECONCILED OR ONLY VIOLENCE HELPS WHERE VIOLENCE RULES (1964)
- "Non-reconciliation is also a way of making films, of fabricating them...." is Serge Daney in 1983 on NICHT VERSÖHNT (from LA RAMPE).
- youtube screengrab with English subtitles from QUEI LORO INCONTRI 1947-2005 (2005).
- KINO-PRAVDA no. 22. (Dziga Vertov, 1925). Can be seen here: https://vertov.filmmuseum.at/en/film_online/kino-pravda/detail?kinopravda_id=1484829340638

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