Hans Richter (born 1888 in Berlin, Germany - dead 1976 in Locarno, Switzerland) was painter, sculptor and one of the most important filmmakers of avant-garde. He studied in Germany and was searching for his artistic way between expressionism and cubism. In 1916, he becomes member of Dada in Zurich, where he discovers the spirit of revolt and abstract forms. From 1920 Richter researches for animated abstract rythms. First, he paints with a roll. Next year he makes his first film Rhythmus 21 followed by others inspired by the same subject. In 1941 he exiles to the states and devotes himself to cinema and education. He is naturalized U.S. citizen. From 1944 to 1947 he directs what later is to become classic of the surrealist cinema: Dreams that Money Can Buy. He works with Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger and Alexander Calder. His own biography's elements and his ideological view is playing a major role in his work.
8 films by Dada artists
8 films by Hans Richter
A documentary film by Pip Chodorov on the history of experimental film. Includes a 56 page book on the film.
Interview with Hans Richter, artist-sculptor-cineast-surrealist.