Films / Media Legacy / Performance

Film Ist. a girl & a gun

Gustav Deutsch interview and a film concert during the 25 FPS International Experimental Film and Video Festival 2009. Guitar and electronic impromptu by Austrian virtuosos serves as backdrop for a screening of original film archive materials. Laptops, computers and films from the beginning of the century.
Video made by Daria Blazevic, Igor Lusic, Mario Kozina
Produced by Valentina Oresic


FILM IST. a girl & a gun
Film drama in 5 acts

FILM IST. a girl & a gun is a film drama in 5 acts about one of the oldest topics in cinematography and in the history of mankind: the confrontation of the sexes.
From the Genesis of the universe and the world by collaboration and confrontation of the gods of creation, to the innocent cohabitation of men and women in the state of Paradise, to desire, temptation, love, jealousy, and hate between the sexes under the sign of Eros, to the escalation and violent repression and exploitation of the sexes in war and pornography reflected in Thanatos’ mirror, over to the solutions and enlightenment offered by religion and politics in the dialog of Symposium, film fragments from the first four and a half centuries of cinematography were researched and reassembled into sequence of pictures and stories and thereby given new meaning as to their original content.

For this hypnotizing exploration of cinema as an expression of either Thanatos or Eros, international-flim-archive spelunker Gustav Deutsch starts with D.W. Griffith‘s maxim (revived by Godard) that all you need to make a film is a girl and a gun. Assembling bits from ethnographic films, war footage, science documentaries, early porn reels, and scenes from 1930s narrative Euro features, Deutsch uncannily collapses all boundaries between the genres, suggesting a feverish celluloid dream –or nightmare.
Village Voice

Cullen Gallagher, “Tale of cinema”, The L magazine, 1.5.2009
Richard Kuipers, “Film Ist. a Girl & a Gun”, Variety, 16.8.2009



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