FILM IST. A Gril & A Gun
"FILM IST. a Girl and a Gun" by Gustav Deutsch, film still, 2009
Kinomuzeum invites to an erotic-musical "film drama in five acts" by Gustav Deutsch, Austrian master of found footage. Using images from the first four and a half decades of cinematography, taken from 11 archives across the world, the film is a treasury of the images of the battle of the sexes. The film constructs its own amazing attractions from the juxtaposition of documentary, fictional, pornographic, scientific and propaganda images that are literally alien to their original purpose.
In other words, they are images that do not necessarily belong together, though they create visual contexts. The central thread is supplied by ancient mythology, fragmentary quotes of Hesiod, Sappho and Plato. Deutsch recognizes the line that leads from the ancients to the mythical stories that cinema is still telling and quotes after Jean-Luc Godard's saying that „All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun“.
The visual narrative is accompanied by a superb soundtrack by three prominent musicians: Christian Fennesz, Martin Siewert and Burkhard Stangl.