Noll Brinckmann

West Village Meat Market, The (1979) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

... was made as a documentation of a New York neighborhood, but combines the documentary mode with the metaphorical. Depicting empty as well as busy locations, garbage as well as meat, the love making of pigeons as well as the movement of trucks, it tries to evoke an irrelevant chronology of life. It is also a film about filmmaking. It explores the differences of fixed camera and camera movement, stationary and moving objects, black and white and color. By setting up formal oppositions, it focuses on some of the textural and spatial possibilities inherent in cinema -- such as the contrast between dark cavities and flat surfaces, mist or smoke and solid silhouettes, running water and rolling wheels.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Dress Rehearsal and Karola 2 (1980) 16mm, color, 16.25 min

Genre: Experimental

DRESS REHEARSAL and KAROLA 2 were shot simultaneously and at the same New York location. The two film also go together in that they were both made with Karola Gramann. Her way of dealing with clothes and jewelry, her specific talent of using whatever she wears or touches as a means of self-expression informs the images of both works. But although they were editing out of the same material, even using identical footage now and then, they differ considerably in structure and pace. It is important to see that the films do not attempt to unfold an argument: they are not a statement on any particular feminist issue. What we tried to do while shooting was to concentrate on our own visual pleasure rather than work in opposition to existing stereotypes. The fact that our tastes and needs did not entirely correspond added an element of communicative tension between us. It also added a slight note of incongruity: Karola's creative narcissism and ironic resourcefulness becomes to me a metaphor for all kinds of mental and actual activities.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Primal Scene, The (1981) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

In recent film theory, the look is a much discussed film subject. The camera is understood as looking, representing the gaze of the spectator who subsequently identifies with it. What makes this equation particularly fascinating is the fact that it defines the position of the spectator as voyeuristic. The main instance of voyeurism in Freudian theory being the primal scene -- in which the child watches paternal coitus -- there is an automatic connection between the viewing situation in a movie theatre and the early childhood experience discovered by Freud. The film tries to focus on and exploit this connection. Taking into account that most primal scene experience is imaginary rather than real, it plays on the role of the imagination, and the function of the suggestive, in all cinematic experience. And taking into account that even in recollections, it abstains from being explicit. Instead it relies on a musical example of primal scene displacement, in order to remind the viewer of the many forms of disguise his or her grappling with the primal scene might have taken. Apart from being a film on voyeurism as a cinematic experience, THE PRIMAL SCENE is also a brief compendium of contemporary German bedroom styles.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Verdigris (1982) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

... is a film about female sexuality . But instead of developing a sexual program or an argument, the film tries to capture a number of different, even contradictory stances and feelings as they might exist simultaneously in a single mind. This is in part achieved through the objects in the frame -- male statues, for instance, and a woman relating to them in her own way -- and partly through a tension between the surfaces of these objects, their varying degrees of dryness,solidity, glossiness, smoothness, or concavity. Color is particularly important in this film because it motivates the cuts, or serves to establish a rapport between the objects. So is the music, which was initially written for a Hollywood musical, where it performed a narrative function designed to carry suggestions of fluidity and desire.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Half A Life: Ein Halbes Leben (1983) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Economics

HALF A LIFE tries to condense the experience of the better part of a lifetime into five minutes. It is a film about the middle-class bedroom of a middle-aged couple, and about the married life as it coalesces into staleness, sweetness and quietness of a suburban home. It is only on the soundtrack that the intensities of reality occasionally seep through.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Upholstered Furniture In The Grass: Polstermobel In Grunen (1984) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A film about the fascinating qualities of discarded furniture. Junk is subject that lends itself in a particular way to the composition of images in color: imposing no 'natural' limits on the framing, it can be photographed according to aesthetic requirements only. Humidity, daylight, and the proximity of green leaves and grass render a luminosity to the materials incompatible with the subdued tones of the living rooms they come from. Discarded objects tend to arrange themselves in clusters of quiet abstractness, but they also have a disquieting effect. Their aura of shelterness and the home is undercut be decay and traces of subsequent use, emanating illicit suggestions.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Father, The (1986) 16mm, color & b/w, 25.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family, Found Footage

DER FATHER is a collage of authentic film footage from the thirties, shot by the film-maker's father (in black and white) and additional new footage (in color). The concept of the film is to make the viewer see the father's footage -- expressing his patriarchal and colonitistic point-of-view, his image of himself, his male fantasies, etc. -- through the daughter's eyes. It is thus a film about the problematical, libidinal as well as critical, relationship between daughter and father. Translation of the intertitles of DER FATHER: 1) DER FATER =THE FATHER. 2) It is a strange feeling to look at the footage my father shot more than fifty years ago. -- He died early, from the after effect of a tropical disease. 3) My father, Dr. Kurt Noll, was a doctor, a hunter, an adventurer, an amateur filmmaker and an amateur anthropologist. This combination of professions justifies his appropriation of large part of the world. He emigrated to China as a young man. By the beginning of the 1930's, he already owned a 16mm camera and a private hospital in Shanghai. He could thus afford to travel extensively through many countries: sometimes as a hunter or explorer like Sven Hedin, sometimes as a medical advisor to prominent Chinese patients.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Noll Brinckmann

Stief (1989) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environement Nature, landscape

"STIEF (PANSY) deals with the energy of color in a more or less abstract way, using flowers and clusters of arranged objects as profilmic material. The artificiality of some of the images contrasts with the botanic naturalness of others so that the tension between different compositional and photographic approaches becomes an additional issue. The film consists of several 'chapters' or 'stanzas' that differ in pace, color scheme, and emotional stance."

Rental: $42.00
16mm Rental: $42.00

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