HER SOCIALIST SMILE
HER SOCIALIST SMILE
HER SOCIALIST SMILE
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Her Socialist Smile

John Gianvito
USA 2020
93min
OF

Die Geschichte von Helen Keller (1880–1968) kennen cinephile Zuschauer aus Arthur Penns THE MIRACLE WORKER, der die Sprachfindung des taubblinden Mädchens erzählt. Der Essayfilmer John Gianvito fügt nun ein Bild des erwachsenen Engagements von Keller zusammen, die als eine der ersten Frauen einen Bachelor- Abschluss erwarb, aber nicht in ihrem „engelhaften Image“ aufgehen wollte. Die streitbare junge Frau trat am Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts vehement für das Frauenwahlrecht, für Antikriegspolitik und eine wirklich sozialistische Wende in den Vereinigten Staaten ein. Aus Texten von Keller selbst entsteht das dichte Porträt einer antikapitalistischen Intellektuellen. (Robert Weixlbaumer)

One of the most singular voices in US independent cinema, Boston- based filmmaker John Gianvito continues his inquiries into radical subjective positions. In his latest documentary essay, he reflects on pioneering leftist thinker, suffragist, and apologist of a global socialist revolution Helen Keller (1880–1968).
Gianvito’s portrait of Keller can be seen as a continuation and expansion of his PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND, which recalled certain protagonists of the progressive movement in the US, inspired by historian Howard Zinn.
Helen Keller became both blind and deaf as a child, but later went on to graduate college. The film follows some of her most important public appearances and comments, starting with her speech “Out of the Dark” (1913). Gianvito’s narrative visual style has an almost elemental quality, when he crossfades voiceovers and silent written text passages by Keller with ever shifting close-ups of the structure of snowy boughs, ice or timber. It’s another highly idiosyncratic work of poetry, didactics, and agitprop at the service of a bottom-up view of history, at once an appreciation and analysis of Keller’s theses on capitalism. It’s no spoiler to say that they are just as valid 100 years on. (Gunnar Landsgesell)

John Gianvito: THE DIRECT APPROACH (1978, K), THE FLOWER OF PAIN (1983), ADDRESS UNKNOWN (1985, Ko-Regie), WHAT NOBODY SAW (1990, K), THE MAD SONGS OF FERNANDA HUSSEIN (2001), PUNCTURE WOUNDS [SEPTEMBER 11] (2002, K), PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND (2007, K), VAPOR TRAIL (CLARK) (2010), FAR FROM AFGHANISTAN (2012, Ko-Regie), WAKE (SUBIC) (2015)

Credits
  • John Gianvito
  • John Gianvito
  • John Gianvito
  • Eric P. Gulliver
  • Martin Marks
Traveling Light, JustFilms

Traveling Light

DCP
Farbe/SW
Mo. 26 Okt
13:30
Filmmuseum
OF
Fr. 30 Okt
18:00
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
OF
So. 01 Nov
11:00
Metro, Historischer Saal
OF
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