Peter Kubelka

Adebar: 5X (1957) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"His films exist outside the art-as-a-game scramble. Each of his films is what it IS - and TO perfection ... and WITH, yes, feeling: but of such a nature as to render 'sentiment' a hard word or else a word hard to use in relationship. There is NO sentimentality in his works such as would divide the emotional and intellectual responses to them. Each WORKS, as he did work to make each one an expression of his whole being at the time of making and, thus, no two of his films are in any way alike -- each film being as distinct from every other as any moment of a man's life may be if he lives it fully ... which is to say: to perfection! "And his works are sound films. Here, at last, is a film-maker's ear that creates in contrapuntal accord with his eye in the making. He achieves this, too, thru his sense of the perfect - so much so that if, for instance, ADEBAR is projected even one frame out of sync the whole track becomes exceptional 'background music' but in no sense the experience of his making ... and if the projectioning is perfectly synced (the distance between gate and sound-reader exactly 26 frames) the experience is an indescribably new one for any with eyes and ears to see/hear it." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Peter Kubelka

Mosaik Im Vertrauen (1955) 16mm, 35mm, color & b/w, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Born March 23, 1934 in Vienna, Austria. Independent filmmaker since 1952. A founder-member and curator of the Oesterreichisches Filmmuseum since 1963. "Peter Kubelka is the perfectionist of the film medium: and, as I honor that quality above all others at this time (finding such a lack of it now elsewhere), I would simply like to say: Peter Kubelka is the world's greatest film-maker -- which is to say, simple: see his films! ... by all means/above all else ... et cetera." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00
35mm Rental: $85.00

Peter Kubelka

Adebar: 2x (1957) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

"His films exist outside the art-as-a-game scramble. Each of his films is what it IS - and TO perfection ... and WITH, yes, feeling: but of such a nature as to render 'sentiment' a hard word or else a word hard to use in relationship. There is NO sentimentality in his works such as would divide the emotional and intellectual responses to them. Each WORKS, as he did work to make each one an expression of his whole being at the time of making and, thus, no two of his films are in any way alike -- each film being as distinct from every other as any moment of a man's life may be if he lives it fully ... which is to say: to perfection! "And his works are sound films. Here, at last, is a film-maker's ear that creates in contrapuntal accord with his eye in the making. He achieves this, too, thru his sense of the perfect - so much so that if, for instance, ADEBAR is projected even one frame out of sync the whole track becomes exceptional 'background music' but in no sense the experience of his making ... and if the projectioning is perfectly synced (the distance between gate and sound-reader exactly 26 frames) the experience is an indescribably new one for any with eyes and ears to see/hear it." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Peter Kubelka

Schwechater (1958) 16mm, 35mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

A reel of two prints. My films give the greatest pleasure to those who know them by heart. All my films may be projected several times, in a row, but I would request you to project ADEBAR, SCHWECHATER and UNSERE AFRIKAREISE at least twice. ADEBAR and SCHWECHATER are available in reels containing the films twice and in reels containing the films five times. Note: Reels containing the films five times available only from Film-Makers' Cooperative, NY. "Peter Kubelka's films move with the rhapsody of precision. Nowhere else in cinema have I been so stuck to a sense of everything being just right; a unique pleasure to say the least. There are at present a multiplying number of films which use techniques similar to Kubelka's, and which attempt similar effects; but for all the experiment rampant now, his visions of absolute time transcend and show up all that is merely modern." -- Ken Kelman "The world he gives us is comprehensive and lucid ...." -- P. Adams Sitney "Kubelka's cinema is like a piece of crystal, or some other object of nature: it doesn't look like it was produced by man ...." -- Jonas Mekas

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00
35mm Rental: $50.00

Peter Kubelka

Arnulf Rainer (1960) 16mm, 35mm, black and white, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"He has even created a film (called ARNULF RAINER) whose images can no more be 'turned off' by the closing of eyes than can the soundtrack thereof it (for it is composed entirely of white frame rhythming thru black inter-spaces and of such an intensity as to create its pattern straight thru closed eyelids) so that the whole 'mix' of the audio-visual experience is clearly 'in the head,' so to speak: and if one looks at it openly, one can see one's own eye cells as if projected onto the screen and can watch one's optic physiology activated by the sound track in what is, surely, the most basic Dance of Life of all (for the sounds of the film do resemble and, thus, prompt the inner-ear's hearing of its own pulse output at intake of sound). "These films must, very truly, be seen and very truly seen and heard to be believed!" -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00
35mm Rental: $65.00

Peter Kubelka

Unsere Afrikareise (1966) 16mm, color, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Museum of Modern Art, 1967: "New Cinema - An International Selection" "UNSERE AFRIKAREISE is about the richest, most articulate, and most compressed film I have ever seen. I have seen it four times and I am going to see it many, many times more, and the more I see it, the more I see in it. Kubelka's film is one of cinema's few masterpieces and a work of such great perfection that it forces one to re-evaluate everything that one knew about cinema. The incredible artistry of this man, his incredible patience. (He worked on UNSERE AFRIKAREISE for five years; the film is 12 and a half minutes long.) His methods of working (he learned by heart 14 hours of tapes and three hours of film, frame by frame), and the beauty of his accomplishment makes the rest of us look like amateurs." -- Jonas Mekas

Rental: $48.00
16mm Rental: $48.00
35mm Rental: $80.00

Peter Kubelka

Pause! (1977) 16mm, color, 11.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00
35mm Rental: $75.00

Peter Kubelka

One-Man Show (1966) 16mm, color & b/w, 59.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Includes all above titles. This special package price is to encourage the showing of all my films together, in one evening.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Peter Kubelka

Metric Films, The (1957) 16mm, black and white, 12.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Contains ADEBAR: a reel of five prints; SCHWECHATER: a reel of five prints; and ARNULF RAINER.

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Peter Kubelka

Poetry and Truth / Dichtung und Wahrheit (2003) 16mm, 35mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Literature & Theater

Dichtung und Wahrheit contains collected pieces from publicity films with a common element: they show actors before they start and begin to play what they are directed to represent. Repeated ready made takes create cycles of symbolic significance and glorified glimpses of the contemporary human condition: the beauty from a hair conditioner, courting and insemination by chocolate feeding, labourless birth onto a varnished floor, animal and inanimate companions. It was my aim not to shape the found material perfectly into an unambiguous message but to preserve the full richness of archealogical information. My point of view has changed from the contemporary artists into an observer looking into the distant past.

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00
35mm Rental: $90.00

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