Murnau Stiftung

The Murnau Stiftung is a Parcours Partner of the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2019.


REALITIES in the Cinema of the Weimar Republic

As part of the Parcours series for the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2019, the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation presents three classics of the German silent film from the Foundation's collection, which differ greatly in content and aesthetics from one another. Each screening is held at the Murnau Film Theatre in Wiesbaden, accompanied by a musical performance and an introduction. Various live musicians from different genres will accompany the screenings in the auditorium. Before the screenings, experienced speakers will place the films in the context of the main theme of B3 "REALITIES".

The Medium of Film in the Context of the B3 "REALITIES"

"The more realistic the sensory impressions in cinema are, the greater the fascination. Cinema owes its success from the very beginning to this closeness to reality, which excites us and at the same time leaves us intact." (Edgar Reitz)

From the very beginning of the film age, reality/realities have been a central theme - both in terms of content as well as in the form or dispositive of cinema. The founding myth of cinema also points to this. On December 28, 1895, the Lumière brothers presented their first film, and in the following year they are said to have shown the film "The arrival of a train at La Ciotat station" in a café. Legend has it that the evening ended with the spectators fleeing the café in panic. They believed that the train would run over them in a moment. The surprise effect, however, was probably in the attraction of the new medium itself: "What the audience of the Lumières experienced was not the fear of a real train, but the horror of an obviously unreal and at the same time surprisingly realistic image." (Johannes Binotto).

When the Weimar Republic was proclaimed, less than a quarter of a century had passed since the Lumière brothers' first film screening. Slowly the young medium developed into an art form and the Weimar cinema had a big part in it. Thanks to the filmmakers in the 1910s and 1920s (avant-garde/expressionism) film became an independent form of artistic expression or, following Hegel's "Vorlesungen über Ästhetik" (1835-38), the "seventh art". Of course, art can only ever be an image of reality. Cinema-goers of the early 20th century already knew this. And often the cinema became also their place to escape from everyday life, at least for a few hours. The fascination for the new medium, the gaining of knowledge, but also the experience of "Angstlust", voyeurism and of course entertainment attracted people to the cinema.

Filmmakers such as Ernst Lubitsch, F. W. Murnau or Fritz Lang were pioneers in their field. They processed both direct social influences, such as the First World War and its consequences, and the development of a new social order in their works. Further, they used the specific characteristics of the new medium to create their own worlds or visions of a future beyond reality.


Screenings


Friday, 8 November 2019, 7 pm

Metropolis with live music by Trioglyzerin

Director: Fritz Lang, Germany 1925/26, 149 min, FSK from 6 years, cast: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich

World premiere on 10 January 1927 at Berlin's Ufa-Palast am Zoo

Admission: 12 Euro / 11 Euro concessions

With Metropolis, Fritz Lang created one of the most elaborate films of the silent film era and the first full-length science fiction film, whose equipment, trick technique and special effects still inspire representatives of the genre today. After the collapse of the German empire and the revolutionary riots, modern industrial times lead to a dystopic version of the future. A reality dominated by technology, in which the free man is degraded to a servant of his own inventions - what may have seemed strange to most contemporary cinema-goers no longer seems far removed from today's reality.


About the musicians:

Three musicians have come together under the name Trioglyzerin in order not only to bring the cinema atmosphere of film’s early years back to life, but also to expand it stylistically through the use of modern sounds. Piano (Ulrich van der Schoor), cello (Kristoff Becker) and oboe (Tobias Becker) refer back to tradition. In addition, synthesizers are used to achieve a greater variety of sounds through noise and tone collages. The composition plays just as important a role in the setting as the improvisation, which gives emphasis to the immediacy of the live encounter. Trioglyzerin have made a name for themselves with numerous appearances at home and abroad. The musicians' many years of experience with a wide variety of musical styles have contributed to the fact that each individual film is given its own, apt musical illustration.


Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 7.30 pm

Der letzte Mann with live music by Gramm Art Project

Director: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Germany 1924, 90 min, FSK all ages, cast: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Georg John

World premiere on 23 December 1924 at Berlin's Ufa-Palast am Zoo

Admission: 12 Euro / 11 Euro concessions

F. W. Murnau's Der letzte Mann (The Last Man) is about an old hotel porter, a remnant of the Wilhelmine era, who has lost his place as a valuable member of society. For the use of the "unleashed camera" and the almost complete renunciation of intertitles, the drama went down in film history. Crossfades, special effects and moving cameras had already been used in other films, but Der letzte Mann is also remarkable because these genuine cinematic means are used to make the subjective experience and the emotional world of the protagonist visible and tangible for the viewer - without the help of language.


About the musicians:

The band project Gramm Art Project (G.A.P.) was started in 2008 by guitarist Julian Gramm from Heidelberg/Darmstadt. It plays original songs as well as jazzy instrumental versions of well-known and less known songs from rock and pop, evergreens, traditionals and chart hits. In 2017 the series "Silent Film with Live Music" was launched, in which the Gramm Art Project accompanies historical silent films in an avant-garde style. Since then, the Gramm Art Project has been musically adapting silent films such as Der Letzte Mann and staging them live, with Julian Gramm (guitar) and Thomas Bugert (double bass).


Friday, 24 January 2020, 7.30 pm

Die Puppe with live music by Uwe Oberg and Silvia Sauer

Director: Ernst Lubitsch, Germany 1919, 68 min, FSK not rated, cast: Ossi Oswalda, Victor Janson, Ernst Lubitsch

World premiere on 5 December 1919 at Berlin's Ufa-Palast am Zoo

Admission: 12 Euro / 11 Euro concessions

Shortly after World War I, the everyday life of most Germans was rather gloomy. This is when comedy star Ernst Lubitsch created his lighthearted fairy tale Die Puppe (The Puppet). Wealthy Baron de Chanterelle wants to marry off his nephew. But since the young man knows little about women, he flees to a monastery. When the monks learn of the dowry, they submit a plan to Lancelot.... The comedy based on an operetta by A. E. Millner gives no idea of its time of origin, precisely because Lubitsch decided to tell a story detached from place and time. He also emphasizes the artificial in the way of acting, scenery and costumes. In this way Die Puppe creates a completely new cinematic reality. Even 100 years after its premiere on 5 December 1919 in Berlin's Ufa Palace at the Zoo, Die Puppe remains original and timeless.


About the musicians:

Silvia Sauer (voice, electronics): vocalist Silvia Sauer from Mainz is a passionate crossover artist when it comes to different genres and musical styles. Her formative roots lie in jazz and free improvisation. She combines these with singing techniques of the world and a pinch of humor, in very expressive ways. As a vocalist with the Metropolis Project which specializes in new settings of silent films, she has been active in more than 30 countries worldwide. "Silvia Sauer is simply brilliant at the virtuoso instrumentation of her own voice." (Giessener Allgemeine Zeitung)

Uwe Oberg (piano, e-piano, electronics): The Wiesbaden pianist Uwe Oberg has been working in jazz/improvisation/new music since 1980. His work includes improvising ensembles, solo, compositions for various formations, as well as works with dance/theatre/poetry and silent movies. He is a member of the KOOPERATIVE NEW JAZZ/ARTist and plays in ensembles and ad hoc castings of the international scene. "A remarkable musician who has developed his own voice as a freely improvising sound researcher as well as a jazz improviser." (Peter Niklas Wilson)


Friday, August 23, 2019

Rachel Maclean / Tales of Disunion

12:00 AM 12:00 AM Rachel Maclean / Tales of Disunion Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Bauhaus and Photography. On a New Vision in Contemporary Art

12:00 AM 12:00 AM Bauhaus and Photography. On a New Vision in Contemporary Art Kunsthalle Darmstadt

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Out Stealing Horses

8:30 PM - 12:00 AM Out Stealing Horses Cinema

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Talk: Opinions and Leads: Creativity versus money, or just good old friends?

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Talk: Opinions and Leads: Creativity versus money, or just good old friends? Frankfurt Book Fair

Talk: Creativity in chains. The dictatorship of the financiers, public supporters, studios and the crowd.

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Talk: Creativity in chains. The dictatorship of the financiers, public supporters, studios and the crowd. Frankfurt Book Fair

Talk: New Formats: How will the process of creativity change in the future?

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Talk: New Formats: How will the process of creativity change in the future? Frankfurt Book Fair

Talk: New Stories: The future of storytelling in all media fields

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Talk: New Stories: The future of storytelling in all media fields Frankfurt Book Fair

Think Tank: Hard facts. Guided Think Tank Format with output

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Think Tank: Hard facts. Guided Think Tank Format with output Frankfurt Book Fair

Glossary of Broken Dreams

4:00 PM Glossary of Broken Dreams Cinema

Lecture: Oh! On Real Fictions and Fictional Realities

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Lecture: Oh! On Real Fictions and Fictional Realities Frankfurt Book Fair

Hurry Slowly

6:00 PM Hurry Slowly Cinema

My Little One

9:00 PM My Little One Cinema

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Talk: Opinions and leads: Interdisciplinary collaborations are the future!

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Talk: Opinions and leads: Interdisciplinary collaborations are the future! Frankfurt Book Fair

Talk: We all learn from each other!

10:40 AM - 11:20 AM Talk: We all learn from each other! Frankfurt Book Fair

Think Tank: Hard facts about interdisciplinary collaborations

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Think Tank: Hard facts about interdisciplinary collaborations Frankfurt Book Fair

World premiere! Book presentation: B3 welcomes MIT and its 50 years of arts, science and technology

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM World premiere! Book presentation: B3 welcomes MIT and its 50 years of arts, science and technology Frankfurt Book Fair

Talk: Content can be transformed into any kind of format!

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Talk: Content can be transformed into any kind of format! Frankfurt Book Fair

Lecture: In the Cave. On Reality and Power

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Lecture: In the Cave. On Reality and Power Frankfurt Book Fair

Harajuku

4:00 PM Harajuku Cinema

THE GAMES QUARTETT

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM THE GAMES QUARTETT Frankfurt Book Fair

Tito

6:00 PM Tito Cinema

Bauhaus Women - Film screening and talk with filmmaker Nico Weber and historian Anja Baumhoff

7:30 PM Bauhaus Women - Film screening and talk with filmmaker Nico Weber and historian Anja Baumhoff Kunsthalle Darmstadt

GHOST TOWN ANTHOLOGY

8:30 PM GHOST TOWN ANTHOLOGY Cinema

Friday, October 18, 2019

ADAM

4:00 PM ADAM Cinema

God of the Piano

6:00 PM God of the Piano Cinema

Saturday, October 19, 2019

B3 short films

2:00 PM B3 short films Cinema

Talk: I am an actress. I am an actor. I am known, creative and cool! Between cliche and reality.

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Talk: I am an actress. I am an actor. I am known, creative and cool! Between cliche and reality. Frankfurt Book Fair

The Wall of Mexico

4:00 PM The Wall of Mexico Cinema

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Norway’s best series in one afternoon

2:00 PM Norway’s best series in one afternoon Cinema

Blind Spot

8:30 PM Blind Spot Cinema

Friday, November 8, 2019

Metropolis with live music by Trioglyzerin

7:00 PM Metropolis with live music by Trioglyzerin Murnau Film Theatre in Wiesbaden

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Illusion Nature. Digital Worlds

12:00 AM 12:00 AM Illusion Nature. Digital Worlds Museum Sinclair-Haus

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Art - digital?!

7:00 PM Art - digital?! Museum Sinclair-Haus

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Der letzte Mann with live music by Gramm Art Project

7:30 PM Der letzte Mann with live music by Gramm Art Project Murnau Film Theatre in Wiesbaden