Online catalogue / Kurt Kren :

24/70 Western
24/70 Western
AT / 1970
3 min.

In 24/70 Western, recognition of the image being filmed (an anti-war poster picturing the My Lai massacre entitled "And Babies") is withheld, through close-up filming of the surface of the image, never stepping back to reveal the whole. The method in this film (as in 20/68 Schatzi) acts to subvert the quick responses of viewers to such loaded imagery.
In all of Kren´s films, the images are variously covered and uncovered, hidden and revealed, never taken for granted.

(David Levi Strauss, "Notes on Kren: Cutting Through Structural Materialism or, "Sorry. It had to be done."," in: Cinematograph I, San Francisco 1985)

The alien impression of photography in Western is caused by the use of extreme close-up. Kren’s camera moves across the details of a Vietnam Poster in single frames as if, with trembling closeness and persistent repetition, he wanted to win a new truthfulness from the picture.

(Hans Hurch)

A film by:
- Kurt Kren

- Avantgarde/Arts

original language:
- no dialogue

Available Prints:
- 16 mm

price: 30 EUR


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