18:00 | FRIDAY 8. 12. 2012 | Theatre K3
A video-fragment that takes place in the space between several films. The video is loosely inspired by the Czech children's film Kaňka do pohádky (Dab into Fairytale, 1981) and also by the silent French series Les Vampires. The video- fragment will be accompanied by Georgij Bagdasarov in person.
After a break filled with activity in the music group Kazety (VJ A Schwarz aka Black Ace), journalistic work for Artyčok.TV and curatorial activities, Jiří Havlíček will introduce a videofragment that takes place in "the space between several films". The video is loosely inspired by the Czech children's film Kaňka do pohádky (Dab into Fairytale, 1981) by Oto Koval and also by the silent French series Les Vampires (1915–16) by Louis Feuillade. The author will present a second version of this videofragment, and for the very first time the project will be accompanied by live music, which will be recorded. The guest artist for the project is Georgij Bagdasarov.
MM: Is the title of the film adapted from one of the works, or does it refer to a deeper reflection of film viewing and the analysis of cinephilia...?
JH: The title came to my mind when reading a book about Louis Feuillade. There were black-and-white pictures from his films in the appendix, with captions. Sometimes, there were phrases in quotation marks, probably original intertitles that immediately preceded or followed the scene captured in the picture. Under one photo, possibly of a guy with a gun, was written: "Surrender, you are prisoners..." I don't know if the sentence continued in some way but I was interested only in this part, because it provoked in me an association with the audience in the cinema. I thought it might make a good title, but I did not like the expression "prisoners of film", maybe because of the bars I always associate with the word prisoner. I was looking for something without barriers and the word captive looked just ideal.
MM: Should the formulation "the space between several films" be understood on the level of narration or are you rather interested in other forms of transformation – blending trick.
JH: I had in mind the scenes from the films that served as models for shooting The Captives of Film and thus created an imaginary narrative space for the whole video. Let's imagine a particular film as unfolded celluloid strip, a line in space. You take several such lines (movies) and fold them over each other as when drawing pentagrams and hexagrams (depending on the number of films). The lines touch in those places where selected scenes begin or end. The shape that emerges in the middle is formed by individual scenes (walls) that are connected one onto the other. That is the space where the narrative of The Captives of Film takes place. Regarding technological transitions between films, I took inspiration from the afore mentioned Kaňka do pohádky, where the transition between individual views is mediated through simple hand touch. The shooting was somehow carried out in improvised conditions and left no time for the originally planned analogue tricks. So in relation to the "technological forms of transition" everyone must guess for themselves.
MM: Therefore the works mentioned in the introduction (Kaňka do pohádky and Les Vampires)are only the context for the project. To which other works do you refer?
JH: I would describe Kaňka do pohádky and Les Vampires as story while views from the following films would be shooting script: I Confess (A. Hitchcock); Le Cercle rouge (J. P. Melville); Black Sunday (M. Bava); La Vampire Nue (J. Rollin); The Vampire Lovers (R. W. Baker); Cat People (J. Tourneur); Les yeux sans visage (G. Franju); The Fearless Vampire Killers (R. Polanski); The Woman in the Window (F. Lang); La Frontière de l'aube (P. Garrel); Mauvais sang (L. Carax).
MM: Are you going to continue working with the open form of this video-fragment or, after recording the soundtrack at PAF, will the work be finished?
JH: I don't know, we will see.
- Jiří Havlíček interviewed by Martin Mazanec
8 Dec | 6:00 pm | T
Jiří Havlíček: The Captives of Film
AV performance | Live Animation