VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

GEBURT DER NATION

V' 02

DIE GEBURT DER NATION

Klaus Wyborny
BRD, 1973
70min, eOF

DIE GEBURT DER NATION

Klaus Wyborny
BRD, 1973
, 70min, eOF

Cast: 
Christoph Hemmerling
Angelika Düsing
Peter Flak
Hannes Hatje
Nick Busch
Screenplay: 
Klaus Wyborny
Camera: 
Klaus Wyborny
Editor: 
Klaus Wyborny
Composer: 
Aleksandr Skrjabin
Randy Newman
Klaus Wyborny

Production: 
Gobsek-Film (nicht mehr existent)
World Sales: 
Typee-FilmRungholt 1122149 Hamburg, DeutschlandT 40 677 32 15 atypee@aol.com
Format: 
16 mm
Color

Die Geburt der Nation climaxes a series of shorter films made by Wyborny since 1968, in which he ran rings around narrative form; his method in them was usually to introduce a film «statement» and then repeat or permutate it, playing wittily on audience expectations. That approach had a marked rapport with other German avant-garde movies of the time, but Die Geburt der Nation is a notably original extension of it: it begins the investigation and charting of an area that can be thought of as Wybornys own. Its two, complementary halves can be seen both as an essay with following notes, and as a narrative confronted with its opposite. The title, of course, invokes Griffith; an opening caption locates the action in 1911, and the first long sequence is constructed like a summary of Griffiths shooting and editing styles of that date. (Tony Rayns)