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Huh Huh 1976-1978
Huh Huh 1976-1978
AT / 2003
70 min.

Huh Huh, a fragmented re-filming that Dietmar Brehm made of his own home movies from the 1970s, deals with the way in which one´s own film material transforms into "foreign" footage over the course of time. Using his apartment in Linz as a "factory", he shot several comedies with friends. Huh Huh´s subtitle describes the content of the films as "project skin test". However, in the meantime, only traces of the originals still exist.
The genre, which was already alienated in the original films, is traced back to its origins in silent slapstick. Men wrestle with one another, a long pillow becomes a weapon, and a woman is tied up and then rescued at the last minute. Fragments of a story are recognizable, but become lost in silent actionism. Brehm, re-filming, asks of the silence the question that he normally directs at found material: what does the body experience when it is captured on film? When does the desire for immortality become necrophilic? The obvious lack of seriousness, which characterizes the "project skin test", is juvenile. The male actors, playing themselves, act offensively; one stages himself as androgynous, another impressively displays a magnificent swathe of hair when baring his navel. There are psychoanalytical gags; the shower head replaces the genitals, the water the beam, the gun the phallus. The television set opens this private scenario to the outer world, which is the quintessence of Hollywood, the original site of that other "foreign" material, against which Brehm wanted to direct his own films several years earlier. With Huh Huh, Brehm now integrates fragments of his early work into his life work: appropriating films through alienation.

(Bert Rebhandl)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

From 1976 to 1978 I always wanted to imitate Dreyer, Godard and Warhol. What resulted were various Super-8 sound comedies, and because of the frequent editing and sloppy handling of the films, which existed in the original versions only, they soon disintegrated into fragments. In 2000, I decided to copy what was left onto 16mm. While doing so, I edited the distilled selection of scenes into a continuous long structure.

(Dietmar Brehm)

A film by:
- Dietmar Brehm

- Avantgarde/Arts

original language:
- no dialogue

Available Prints:
- 16 mm

price: 300 EUR


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