6 thoughts on “Fragment #7: Hartmut Bitomsky on Cinema and Death

  1. This is a slideshow of stills from Bitomsky’s film, and because the text is on the subtitles, you’ll need to watch it from the beginning. Actually, this is two excerpts put together, so you can either begin at the slide which says “Cinema has always pondered the question….” or “There is hardly a film in which no-one dies…”

    You can see another clip, in which Bitomsky discusses Don Siegel’s The Killers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhykLQwoa9M

    Thanks to Matthew Flanagan for the recommendation. Bitomsky’s documentaries are deceptively simple (bloke at desk with photos), but endlessly astute.

  2. There’s an excellent copy of the English version of B-52 out there. Looks like a DVD, but I have no idea where it comes from.

    p.s. when the subtitles above say “Cinema deals with activities rather than conditions”, a more accurate translation is probably “actions”. (A subtle difference, but more concrete. Thanks to Frederik Lang.)

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