Ernst Schmidt Jr. - ViennaFilm 1896 - 1976
"You can be Viennese all over the world - just not in Vienna."
(Joe Berger in ViennaFilm 1896-1976)
"ViennaFilm 18961976 constitutes the first feature length film completed by Schmidt Jr. It premieres on January 28, 1977 at the Austrian Film Museum; it is screened at Vienna´s Inter-national Film Festival, the Seventh International Forum of New Cinema in Berlin and the Festival dei Popoli in Florence. In a statement accompanying the film, the filmmaker himself describes the work as a collage. This term evokes the use of diverse footage, tape splices, and an uneven surface instead of a tidy unity it conveys a patchwork that remains visible as such."
"This film is a kind of anthology about Vienna, from the invention of film to the present day.
The aim is to break down the usual clichéd "image of Vienna" such as that found in the traditional "Vienna Film" by juxtaposing documentary footage, newly shot material and subjective sequences created by various artists. Individual, self-contained sections of the film gain new meaning within the context of historical material. Familiar sites appear estranged when edited together with historical scenes. Other scenes appear like a persiflage or satirical. The film does not incorporate any commentary whatsoever. It is a collage of diverse materials aimed at conveying a distanced image of Vienna to the viewer."
(Ernst Schmidt Jr.)
ViennaFilm 1896-1976, 1976/1977, 117 min