Following on from the famous first chapters of Film Ist (1-6) / (7-12), made between 1996 and 2002, Gustav Deutsch presents the latest instalment of his project in progress: based on Godard’s idea (“all you need to make a film is a girl and a gun”), Deutsch explores the narrative myths and the foundations of the cinema, its erotica, seduction and beauty. The materials are found or forgotten footage “of the first four and a half decades of cinema”, salvaged from 11 archives around the world: pornographic, scientific and propagandistic images from fiction and documentary that come together in the musical composition of a “film drama in five acts”. The theory and the art of cinema are juxtaposed—images, pieces of music, excerpts from Homer, Sappho and Plato—in a poetics of appropriation, manipulation and recontextualization that recounts the Great History (Genesis, Paradise, Eros, Thanatos, Symposium) and its reflection in short, original narratives of the cinema and the world: love, eroticism, desire and death.
Film Ist. A Girl and a Gun, Gustav Deutsch. Austria, 2009, 93’, 35 mm