Pierre Henry merges with Walter Ruttman
- Fancy yourself a "doppelganger" for Keanu or Lawrence as they
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- Peter Sellars gave an interesting lecture for a gathering of film
professionals in Holland. It seems that the innovative director has
been invited to spend two years in Australia where he is
organizing the Adelaide Festival and will be responsible for
overseeing the production of 6 feature length films made by
residents of third world countries.
- The Pathé ArenA Gala Opening took place earlier than the
workmen could get the building finished. The impressive stature
of the building and striking glass wall were hampered in making a
complete impression by the plastic sheets and building materials
that were still in attendance. Opening night fireworks even
managed to make some of these hangings catch fire. Not to
worry, they managed to extinguish it very quickly and those
present washed away the frantic moment with a beverage.
Although the doors are now open to the public, the building, which
houses among its 14 screens the largest cinema built in Holland to
date, may not allow the rooster to crow for a few weeks yet. It is,
nevertheless, an impressive building with very modern technical
- Cannes goes on for its 53rd run. More info? Check out
- "The The" breezed through Amsterdam again last month for a
concert at the Paradiso. Still going strong. The red lights make
you feel like you're in the intimate space of a dark bar while you
watch their enervating, enjoyable and downright sexy show.
- "Berlin 2000," a series of presentations centering around new
films and filmmakers from Berlin, began its screenings on April
19th at the Goethe Institute in Amsterdam and will continue until
June 7th. The remaining lectures and films (with attendant dates)
are: J.M. Bordewijk speaking about "Berlin in the Film" (May
10th), short student films from the German Film & Television
Academy (May 17th), "Nach dem Spiel" (May 24th), "Plus-Minus
Null" (May 30th), and "Nachtgestalten" (June 2nd).
- Kurt Schwitters exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
until August 6th. Unfortunately, there are none of his sound
connected pieces, but the collage and assemblage work on
display is striking. Well worth a visit.
- Also at the Goethe Institute this month (May 27th, 8 P.M.) is a
showing of Walter Ruttman's cinematic classic "Berlin - die
Sinfonie der Großstadt" (1927) with Pierre Henry's cine-sound
composition "La Ville. Die Stadt - Metropolis Paris" (1984) (WER
6301-2/CD). Both pieces were created separately and through the
cooperative work of composer Henry with the WDR (initiated by
Klaus Schoening) have been brought together as an exciting
composition (in which neither usurps the forefront. An exhilarating
experience for all those interesting the melting of visuals and
sounds, this experiment where separate works deftly accompany
each other has produced a result fascinating in its interaction. An
impressive acoustical interpretation with dynamic expressionism of
the silent film about hectic lifestyle in 20's Berlin.
- The 41st Clio Awards for advertising and design industry will take
place in New York from May 22nd until 26th.
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