Program 8: Ikonografie der Macht

Some of the earliest extant films are obvious reflections on the distribution of power between the sovereign and his subjects, preserving the ceremonial, downright sacred distance between the emperor and the people. On the other hand, Karl I., successor to the throne of emperor Franz Joseph and a passionate filmgoer, makes deliberate use of cinema’s resources to legitimize his fragile rule. He allows the camera to move up closely, assigning it a direct role in the event.
Music: Eduardo Raon