Fireworks, 1947, Kenneth Anger
Passage à l’acte, 1993, Martin Arnold
Chumlum, 1964, Ron Rice (Kadervergrößerung ÖFM)
Rameau’s Nephew by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen
Arsenal, 1929, Aleksandr Dovženko
Puce Moment, 1949, Kenneth Anger (Kadervergrößerung ÖFM)
So Is This, 1982, Michael Snow

What Is Film:

Program 13-28

Works by Kenneth Anger, Martin Arnold, Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Luis Buñuel, Cinématographe Lumière, René Clair & Francis Picabia, Aleksandr Dovženko, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Georges Franju, Peter Hutton, George Kuchar, Ken Jacobs, Gregory J. Markopoulos, Pat O'Neill, Man Ray, Ron Rice, Walter Ruttmann, Paul Sharits, Robert Siodmak & Edgar G. Ulmer, Michael Snow, Dziga Vertov, Jean Vigo, Andy Warhol
Peter Kubelka's cycle What Is Film was created in 1996 on the occasion of the centenary of cinema. In the words of Mr Kubelka, the series defines film as "an independent art form and a tool which cultivates new ways of thinking. These 63 programs offer young filmmakers, students and anyone genuinely interested in the medium of film a basic overview of film history."

Peter Kubelka's cycle is shown each Tuesday. Discounted ticket for students with an annual membership at the price of EUR 3,00.

Was ist Film, Volume 14 of the FilmmuseumSynemaPublications (In German), makes the cycle accessible via essays and film stills and contains writings on all 63 programs, as well as 200 photographs, an index to the 73 artists in the cycle, and an in-depth interview with the curator.
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(1929, 86 min)

Blonde Cobra

(1959-63, 35 min)


(1964, 23 min)


(1924, 20 min)


(1947, 14 min)


(1967, 54 min)


(1966, 66 min)

L'Age d'or

(1930, 62 min)

L'Etoîle de mer

(1928, 15 min)

Le Ring

(1896, 1 min)

Le Sang des bêtes

(1948, 22 min)

Lichtspiel Opus I-IV

(1921, 20 min)

Menschen am Sonntag

(1929, 81 min)

Mosholu Holiday

(1966, 7 min)

Passage à l'acte

(1993, 12 min)

Pat's Birthday

(1962, 14 min)


(1980-81, 98 min)

Puce Moment

(1949, 6 min)

Razor Blades

(1968, 25 min)

Runs Good

(1970, 15 min)

Seated Figures

(1988, 40 min)

So Is This

(1982, 47 min)

The Chelsea Girls

(1966, 200 min)

Un chien andalou

(1929, 20 min)


(1932, 77 min)


(1967, 45 min)

Zéro de conduite

(1932/33, 43 min)
For each series, films are listed in screening order.
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