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TIMES: KAMERADSCHAFT (1931) + WEEKEND (1930)
March at 7.30pm (Doors 7.15pm)
in the Friends Meeting House, Ship St, Brighton, BN1 1AF
GW Pabst 1931 Germany 88 Mins
the eve of the proposed / original date of the UK's split from Europe,
join us for a special screening of the restored version of Pabst's
gripping, internationalist classic.
a coalmine collapses on the frontier between Germany and France,
trapping a group of French miners, workers on both sides of the
border defy the orders of their bosses, put aside national prejudices
and wartime grudges, to launch a dangerous rescue operation.
brings a vivid sense of claustrophobia to this ticking-clock scenario,
using sets designed by Erno Metzner to create a maze of soot-choked
shafts in which the miners struggle for survival. No music is used.
Instead the remarkable sound design is a whirl of clanking chains,
metal against metal and the drone of elevator shafts.
versions of the film exist; Dialogue spoken in French and German
was left unsubtitled in their repective versions at Pabst insistence,
highlighting the difficulties in communication between the miners.
new restoration (fully subtitled), reinstates a final bitter coda
as the authorities regain control of the borders – this was
after all, a Germany on the brink of National Socialism.
by a real-life mine collapse, Kameradschaft (Comradeship) is both
an edge of the seat disaster film and a stirring plea for international
cooperation. It cemented Pabst’s status as one of the most
morally engaged and formally dexterous filmmakers of his time.
Walter Ruttman 1930 Germany 7 mins (extract)
the evening, an early radical experiment in sound collage and audience
Over the course of one weekend in 1930, Ruttman documented the life
of Berliners, using a 35mm movie camera while never removing the
lens cap - treating the camera solely as the most sophisticated
audio recording device of its time. As Ruttman intended, we’re
screening the film in the dark, allowing the audience to focus on
the unique qualities of the sound itself. You provide the images.
£4 (including fee). £5 on door
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