Fiction

THE PETTIFOGGER

Lewis Klahr
USA 2011
65min
V'11

Pettifogger: 1560’s, from petty; the second element possibly from Fugger, the renowned family of merchants and financiers of 15th and 16th century Augsburg. In German, Flemish and Dutch, the name became a word for “monopolist, rich man, usurer”. A ‘petty Fugger’ would mean one who on a small scale practices the dishonourable devices for gain popularly attributed to great financiers; it seems possible that the phrase ‘petty fogger of the law’, applied in this sense to some notorious person, may have caught the popular fancy. (The Etymology Dictionary)

An abstract crime film and, like many other crime films involving larceny, a sensorial exploration of the virulence of unfettered capitalism. An impressionistic collage film, culled from a wide variety of image and sound sources that fully exploits the hieroglyphic essence of cutouts to ponder what appropriation and stealing have in common. (Lewis Klahr)

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