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Film before film

A film by Werner Nekes.

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An exhilarating and amusing encyclopedic look at the "prehistory“ of cinema. Werner Nekes charts the fascination with moving pictures which led to the birth of film, covering shadow plays, peep shows, flip books, flicks, magic lanterns, lithopanes, panoramic, scrolls, colorful forms of early animation, and numerous other historical artiffices.

Working with these formats, early „producers“ created melodramas, comedies, - as well as lots of pornography – anticipating most of the forms known today. Nekes probes these colorful toys and inventions in a rich and rewarding optical experience. Film Before Film is a bewildering assault of exotic (and sometimes erotic) images and illusions.

"These primitive special effects retain the power to evoke a childlike wonder.“ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"An astonishing array... These images are abundantly beautiful.“ Russell Merritt, Film Quaterly

DVD5 PAL, 4:3,

couleur, 80'

Author(s) Werner Nekes
Artist(s) Werner Nekes, Bernd Upnmoor, Christoph Schlingensief, Serge Roman, Anthony Moore
Format DVD5, PAL, 4:3
Original format 35mm
Year 1985
Language(s) German, English, French
Runtime 80 min
Publisher Werner Nekes

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