Proletarisches Kino


91 min

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Beginning in the early 1920s, the Austrian labor movement attempted to counter bourgeois cinema with the development of its own autonomous film production. The proletarian film set two tasks for itself: the enlightenment of the working class and the political self-portrayal.
The first part of the film presentation (program 1-11) is concerned with this environment. It devotes itself to documents of class struggle, construction and social reconstruction; it portrays socialist celebrations and festive culture; it marks historical breaks and sheds light on a new consciousness of the human body. In addition, the presentation includes footage examining the Austrian labor movement from various ideological perspectives. Particular emphasis is given to Soviet newsreels, which focused on the Austrian labor movement and have never before been shown in Austria.
The second part of this film show (program 12-18) introduces the most influential film critic of the First Republic: Fritz Rosenfeld, of Vienna’s leading socialist newspaper, the “Arbeiter-Zeitung”. The selection of films represents neither “best-of” programs nor favorite films of the writer. First and foremost, the individual works stand for themselves, having their common point of reference in the core of Rosenfeld’s critical works: in the examination of the political and artistic limitations of the bourgeois film industry, its selective transcendence in works of class-conscious filmmakers or its vanquishing through Soviet revolutionary cinema and the independent production of the avant-garde.
Selected works by Charlie Chaplin, G.W. Pabst, René Clair, Olga Preobraczenskaja, Viktor Trivas, Eugene Deslaw and others will illustrate important topics of Rosenfeld’s unwaveringly enlightened and enlightening film criticism.

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Unfortunately, the detailed descriptions of the films and fragments screened within the program are not available in English.

Das Einküchenhaus (Ö 1922)
Director Dr. Leopold Niernberger
Architect Otto Polak-Hellwig
16mm/mute/German Intertitels/
black and white

Ein Stück Aufbauarbeit der Gemeinde Wien (Ö 1924)
Production probably Allianz-Film
35mm/mute/German Intertitels/
black and white

Wie ein Volkswohnhausbau der Gemeinde Wien entsteht (Ö 1926)
Production Ing Karl Köfinger
35mm/mute/German Intertitels /
black and white

Wien baut auf – Wohnhausbau Erdberg (Ö 1928)
35mm/mute/German Intertitels/
black and white

91 minutes

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