WHO WAS WALTHER RUTTMANN?
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
WHO WAS WALTHER RUTTMANN?
A Presentation by Stefan Droessler, Director of the Munich Film Museum
With a screening of Berlin: Symphony of a City (1927)
At the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N Alvarado St. (@ Sunset Blvd.) Los Angeles, CA. 90026 | (213) 484 - 8846 |
Friday March 12, 2010, 8:00 pm
This visit by Mr. Droessler made possible by the Goethe Institut Los Angeles http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/los/deindex.htm
Tonight weâre delighted to host Stefan Droessler of the Munich Film Museum, which has an ongoing program of restoration of film works and issuing exemplary DVD editions through the Edition Filmmuseum label. Droessler will present the issues and process involved in their restoration of Walter Ruttmannâs work, followed by a presentation of the classic poetic documentary masterwork Berlin: Symphony of a City. The presentation will include photos, scans of paintings, and his short films OPUS I-IV, and will last about 60-80 minutes, followed by intermission and the screening of Berlin, which is 65 minutes.
Stefan Droessler was born in 1961. Since 1977 he has been the director of several film clubs, film festivals and film seminars. From 1986 to 1998 he founded and directed the Bonner Kinemathek and since 1999 he has been the director of the Filmmuseum Munich. He has published several books and articles about film history, and film techniques. The museum focuses on German silent films, the âNew German Cinema,â and Munich film productions. The archive also holds a collection of Russian films and the estate of Orson Welles.
The Munich Film Museum was founded in 1963 as part of the City Museum. A centre for research in cinematic history, it is where important works of German and international film history are collected and restored. Additionally, its cinema shows a different film every day; silent films are often accompanied by live piano and/or violin music, especially composed for the occasion. The programme includes classics as well as relatively unknown films and recent productions. Newcomers in film making have a forum here just like established producers. Regular retrospectives document the work of a particular person or films on a certain topic. Directors, actors and film historians are often invited to give an introductory talk to a showing or to discuss the film with the audience. All films are shown in their original version with German or English subtitles. http://www.stadtmuseum-online.de/filmmu.htm
Walther Ruttmann (1887-1941) is a pioneer of modern multimedia art. His first short films are unique experiments with forms, colors, and rhythm, his innovative commercials connected abstract animation art with concrete messages. The symphonic documentary Berlin, die Sinfonie der Grostadt is one of the most famous silent classics, the travelogue Melodie der Welt became the first German sound feature film. With the radio play Weekend Ruttmann created the first "sound film without images" while his short In der Nacht transforms music to images and is a prototype of modern music videos. The 2-disc DVD by Edition Filmmuseum combines for the first time all surviving works by Walther Ruttmann from 1920-1931 in newly restored and reconstructed versions, often with original scores.
Lichtspiel Opus 1 - Germany 1921, 11 minutes - Directed, written and photographed by: Walther Ruttmann - Music by: Max Butting - Produced by: Walther Ruttmann, Munich - Premiere: April 1, 1921 (U.T. im Schwan, Frankfurt/Main)
Opus 2 - Germany 1922, 3 minutes - Directed, written and photographed by: Walther Ruttmann - Music by: Joachim Brenz (2008) - Produced by: Walther Ruttmann, Munich - Premiere: April 1922 (Frankfurt/Main)
Opus 3 - Germany 1924, 3 minutes - Directed, written and photographed by: Walther Ruttmann - Music by: Hanns Eisler (1927) - Produced by: Walther Ruttmann, Munich - Premiere: May 3, 1925 (U.T. am Kurfstendamm, Berlin)
Opus 4 - Germany 1925, 4 minutes - Directed, written and photographed by: Walther Ruttmann - Music by: Helga Pogatschar (2008) - Produced by: Walther Ruttmann, Munich - Premiere: May 3, 1925 (U.T. am Kurfstendamm, Berlin)
Berlin, die Sinfonie der Grostadt - Germany 1927, 65 minutes - Directed and written by: Walther Ruttmann - Photographed by: Karl Freund - Music by: Edmund Meisel - Produced by: Deutsche Vereinsfilm AG, Berlin - Premiere: September 23, 1927 (Tauentzien-Palast, Berlin)
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