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360: Arthur Schnitzler Revisited

360: Arthur Schnitzler Revisited

The film 360, which premiered in Vienna 17 September, unites the acclaimed talents of screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, City of God). The fourth major adaption of Arthur Schnitzler’s acclaimed 1897 play Reigen for the screen, it joins Max Ophüls 1950s masterpiece La Ronde (with Simone Signoret […]

Sommerkino 2010

Young Viennese, in shorts and T-shirts, laugh at the fashions of their parents as portrayed on screen – the shaggy haircuts, the thick glasses and shapeless, post-hippy clothes of Vienna of the late-70s. To the right; so luminous on the hot summer night as to seem just a few meters away, is the Parish Church […]

No More Vienna Clichés!

There are big changes in Vienna’s 3rd district, with an enormous media hub rising out of the ashes of the old Schlachthausgasse, or slaughterhouse, in the oddly named St. Marx Quarter. In 10 years, ORF hopes to reunite its spread out resources in one new building. Pioneering the move east is the newly-created Vienna Film […]

Imaginations of the Real

In 1993 a short film On the Road with Emil by the Kitzbühl born Hubert Sauper, was shown in Vienna’s Künslerhauskino.  It was a wonderfully poetic, yet melancholy documentary by the then 27 year old filmmaker about life on the road with a circus. Yet this audience of mainly film students thought little of it; […]

The 10 Best Vienna Moments on Film

Weibliche Assentierung (1908, Austria, director unknown) Early Austrian naughtiness. Thomas Ballhausen (TB), Austrian Film Archive (AFA): “There was a tendency to make local eroticism, especially in the mute film era. The first-ever film production company in Vienna, Saturn, only made erotic short films. They mostly did adult remakes of French originals (made for a general […]

Austrian Film

Bock for President A documentary following the professional and personal life of Ute Bock, a well-known benefactor to refugees in Austria. Followed around by Houchang and his son, Tom-Dariusch Allahyari, the film shows Bock’s incredible personal effort to reveal the extraordinary men behind the “asylum seekers” and how she confronts the viewers with the harsh […]

Chaplin Triumphant

A covey of town dignitaries in frock coats and top hats flock around a statue hidden under a tarp before the eager eyes of the gathered crowd. The men turn, with great pomp and circumstance, lift the cloth to unveil the city’s newest monument. What they find instead is a monument of a different sort: […]

Eric Pleskow: Of Films and Forgiveness

Eric Pleskow: Of Films and Forgiveness

Hollywood mogul Eric Pleskow was back in town on Feb. 26 at the invitation of Mayor Michael Häupl to accept the mantle of  Honorary Citizen of Vienna at a special ceremony in the Rathaus. It was a remarkable occasion, no matter how you looked at it – a celebration of film and forgiveness, of a […]

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