Proletarisches Kino


78 min

]]>Proletarian Cinema in Austria: A Presentation of the Left-Wing Film Culture 1918–1938]]>.
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 dritte Volksfest des republikanischen Schutzbundes der Ortsgruppe XVI. Auf der Ruinenwiese beim Schloss Wilhelminenberg (Ö 1925)
Production Industrie-Film, Wien
35mm/mute/German Intertitels/black and white

Jugendwandertreffen der Wiener gewerblichen Fortbildungsschulen auf der Hohen Wand 3. Juli 1927 (Ö 1927)
35mm/mute/German Intertitels/black and white

Zehn Jahre Republik (Ö 1928)
Production Allianz-Film, Wien
35mm/mute/German Intertitels/black and white

Die Republikfeier in Wien (Ö 1929)
16mm/mute/German Intertitels/black and white

Das zweite internationale sozialistische Jugendtreffen in Wien, 12. bis 14. Juli 1929 (Ö 1929)
35mm/mute/black and white

Der Gewerbe-Festzug (Ö 1929)
Production probably Adi Mayer-Film
35mm/mute/black and white

Maifestspiele 1932 im Wiener Stadion veranstaltet vom ASKÖ (Ö 1932)
Director Stefan Hock
Cinematographer Brüder Mayer
35mm/Sound/black and white

78 minutes

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