Schwechater (1958)

Article 4849 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 6-15-2015
Directed by Peter Kubelka
Cast unknown
Country: Austria
What it is: Experimental film

No plot.

If the name of the director seems a bit familiar, it’s because it’s the same guy who directed ARNULF RAINER, which I covered just a few days ago. This one consists of snippets from what looks like several people eating and drinking at a table. Some of the snippets are stills; some are photographically distorted, and they’re edited together in a non-linear rapid-fire fashion, while an annoying electronic music ditty repeats itself on the soundtrack. No, it’s not as annoying as ARNULF RAINER; at one minute long, it’s too short for that, and it somewhat lacks the chutzpah of that one. It’s also much less memorable. The fantastic content is, like the other abstract films, that it’s clearly non-realistic, and thus at least marginally a fantasy. It’s also one of those movies that is difficult to say anything about; it has 461 votes on IMDB at the time of this writing, but not a single user comment.


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