Joan Blondell, photographed by Bert Longworth for Warner Bros. and First National, early 1930ies

May 6 to June 19, 2016

38 examples of the staggeringly dynamic, stirringly political and sexually provocative cinema of the early sound era in American movies. The historical moment of Pre-Code Cinema owes its moniker to the so-called Production Code, a moralizing system of self-censorship enforced by the major Hollywood studios from the summer of 1934 to put a swift end to the freedoms of the preceding years.[...]

May 18, 2016

heimatfilm (2016) sums up 18 years of Bavarian-Austrian filmmaker Ludwig Wüst’s guerilla cinema: “The family album opens, letters are written to the dead and the disappeared. Images of the siblings, the mother and the extended family create room for the more remote, fictitious figures who set similar questions in motion: the quest for one’s identity, the missing sense of belonging and the redefinition inevitably take imaginary paths.”(Der Standard)[...]

May 26 to 28, 2016

I could do a minute of animation a day, so theoretically, I could do a film in three months without any interruption,” claims Bill Plympton, born in Portland, Oregon in 1946. His animated film oeuvre, stretching from the late ’70s to the present day, seems to prove him right. The program will give insight into his short and feature film work, ending with a masterclass.[...]

June 1, 2016

Siegfried Mattl (1954–2015) was one of the Austria’s most renowned contemporary historians and Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society. And he was a cinephile: films in all their variety presented him with new approaches in the study of the dynamics of urban experience and historical reality. Mattl’s writings on film and history have now been gathered in a publication under the title The Radiance of a City.[...]

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National Socialism in Austria

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