[events-nyc] Pirate Cinema Berlin joins THE THING @ WHITE SLAB PALACE

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THE THING presents Pirate Cinema Berlin
White Slab Palace
77 Delancey Street (Delancey & Allen)
New York, New York
Monday, October 4, 2010, from 8 pm

Pirate Cinema Berlin would like to share with you some of their
recent discoveries at the margins of documentary film practice.

Ferdinand Khittl - The Parallel Street (1962)

"The Parallel Street is one of the most mysterious pioneer films of the
New German Cinema. It was produced by GBF, a production company for
innovative industrial and promotional films and received awards in inter
national film festivals. French critic Robert Benayoun called it 'a
philosophical thriller, a western of meditation which compensates for a
whole year of inevitable manifestations of stupidity,' Jacques Rivette
put it on his list of the most important films of 1968. [Pirate Cinema]
presents for the very first time this 'unjustly forgotten masterpiece of
the New German Cinema' (Martin Brady)." -- Edition Filmmuseum, Munich

Gerhard Benedikt Friedl - Did Wolff von Amerongen Commit Bankruptcy
Offenses? (2004)

"The most remarkable discovery in recent German-language cinema: Gerhard
Friedl's first feature is a hypnotic visual puzzle at the interface of
documentary, essay film and pulp fiction. On the soundtrack: an
unflinchingly 'objective' account of the labyrinthine genealogies,
criminal involvements and afflictions of Germany’s economic leaders in
the 20th century. On the screen: pans and tracking shots through
European financial centers, production sites and landscapes. The sheer
depth and crispness of these images is a treat in itself; a
transformation into cinégénie of what artists like Candida Höfer or Jeff
Wall have done by means of still photography. At times, image and sound
are aligned, at others they just miss each other. They invariably
suggest correlations. Paranoia? Irony? Can the prosaic, criminal state
of affairs of a modern economy be depicted at all? Pierre Rissient, the
French film historian, puts the film where it belongs: 'Fritz Lang would
have loved it!' -- mubi.com

Patrick Keiller - The Dilapidated Dwelling (2000)

"The Dilapidated Dwelling ... [is] focused, quite precisely, on the
question of the systemic logic of capitalist markets. A television
documentary, it was made with the intention, in part, of influencing
government policies towards housing. It remains some of the features of
the Robinson films, including the journey/investigation format and a
minimal fictional frame; however, these aspects are less pronounced that
they are in the earlier films. Keiller describes The Dilapidated
Dwelling as a 'comparatively straightforward televisions documentary'
which he originally conceived as a 'piece of architectural research.' It
contains a combination of archival footage and interviews with experts -
many academic - linked together by a narration which circles around an
investigation into the state and prospects of residential dwellings
('old space')." -- Paul Dave, Visions of England: class and culture in
contemporary cinema, 2006

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