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Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (1995)

A rare gem of cinematic storytelling that weaves docudrama, fictional reenactment, and experimental photography into a powerful, reflective work on the early days of German cinema. The film... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Stefan Barber Stefan Barber ... Ringkampf boxer
Wiebke Bayer Wiebke Bayer ... Italienischer Bauerntanz dancer
Nadine Büttner Nadine Büttner ... Gertrud Skladanowsky (as Nadine Buettner)
Mehmet Ali Ceyhanli Mehmet Ali Ceyhanli ... Ringkampf boxer
Daniele Drobny Daniele Drobny ... Acrobat
Florian Gallenberger Florian Gallenberger ... Himself
Larissa H. Gomez Larissa H. Gomez ... Italienischer Bauerntanz dancer
Lucie Hürtgen-Skladanowsky Lucie Hürtgen-Skladanowsky ... Herself
George Inci ... Russian dancer / Ringkampf boxer
Jürgen Jürges Jürgen Jürges ... Himself
Leon Jürges Leon Jürges ... Acrobat
Marianna Kawka Marianna Kawka ... Josephine Skladanowky
Udo Kier ... Max Skladanowsky
Lali Kovacz Lali Kovacz ... Acrobat / Ringkampf boxer
German Kral German Kral ... Himself
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A rare gem of cinematic storytelling that weaves docudrama, fictional reenactment, and experimental photography into a powerful, reflective work on the early days of German cinema. The film tells the story of the Skladanowsky Brothers, the German-born duo responsible for inventing the "bioskop", an early version of the film projector. Written by Anonymous

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Germany

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German

Release Date:

28 November 1995 (Germany) See more »

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A Trick of the Light See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Wim Wenders accepted to teach cinema at the Hochschule für Fernesehen und Film where he himself had been a student from 1967 to 1969, he decided to make a film with his students paying homage to the pioneers of the moving pictures, invented a hundred years before. The film made on a very tight budget became "Die Gebrüder Skldanowsky". See more »

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abstract movement
14 May 2009 | by RResendeSee all my reviews

Wenders amuses himself, and in the way reflects about some general principles of cinema as an art. Several times he has made interesting films that are themselves cinematic objects and reflections on the nature of the cinematic object. His primary concern is the images. Whenever he deepens the complexity of his narratives, he is aiming at highlighting images. Those are the cases of the very recent Palermo Shooting and the remarkable American Friend: images which illustrate a story about images. When he takes out that intelligent narrative, directly sensitive to the medium, we are left with meditations purely based on images. Sometimes they work, sometimes they drag.

Here it half-works, because the project, intentionally, lacks a bigger form other than that of the interview the old Skladanowsky gives. All the black and white bits are built as episodes and inside those episodes we find other episodes (the original Skladanowsky films). Apparently this started as an academic project, so that would explain the lack of a bigger form, as well as the inaptness of some short bits. That does not explain the almost unbearable ending.

But something interested me here. Wenders picks on something left behind almost at the beginning of cinema. Images as abstract motion pictures, detached of narrative. That's something i think is worth some time exploring, and obviously so did Wenders. So, among all the old remakes of the pioneering films, i was interested in the dance bit. Curiously enough, it is the bit which gets more attention even in the child story of the black and white flashbacks. It is the film that has to be remade. The clothing of the dancers help the effect. It's remarkable, how it works in the eye. I've been spending time watching experiences like that. Besides that, there's little else to see here. And i found totally misused the contrast between black and white footage and the color bits of the interview, which had an uncomfortable video look which put me off. The b&w was already grainy and looked old, they didn't need to look for such a contrast to make the point.

My opinion: 3/5

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