<i>Yours</i>. 1977. USA. Directed by Jeff Scher.

The Clock: or, 89 Minutes of "Free Time"

Introduced by Alexander Horwath

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

2008. Mexico. Directed by Jorge Lorenzo Flores Garza. Approx. 1 min.

Meissen Porcelain! The Diodattis’ Living Sculptures at the Berlin Conservatory [fragment]
1912-1914 [?]. France/Germany. Produced by Gaumont. Approx. 2 min.

The Case of Lena Smith
1929. USA. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Surviving 5 min. fragment.

Mosaik Mécanique
2008. Austria. Directed by Norbert Pfaffenbichler. 9 min.

HA.WEI. March 14, 1938 [archival title]
1938. Austria. Anonymous. 13 min.

Spare Time
1939. Great Britain. Directed by Humphrey Jennings. 15 min.

1977. USA. Directed by Jeff Scher. 4 min.

Recreation [original French version]
1956–57. USA/France. Directed by Robert Breer. 2 min.

1958. Austria. Directed by Peter Kubelka. 1 min.

2006. Thailand. Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. 5 min.

Roller Coaster Rabbit
1990. USA. Directed by Rob Minkoff. 8 min.

The Present
1996. USA/Switzerland. Directed by Robert Frank. 24 min.

“This program is a somewhat surreal-populist attempt at telling a story of the twentieth century. In a more serious vein, it relates to three different notions of cinematic temporality: it talks about leisure or ‘free time’ (a realm of life usually regarded as the province of movie-going); it addresses the ‘time of film’ (a passing era that also produced new concepts of history and memory, both of which are now becoming more tenuous by the nanosecond); and it celebrates our imprisonment in ‘film time’ when experiencing a theatrical projection (the distinct duration of a film, its irrevocable passing at a specific pace of ‘X’ frames per second). Another way of looking at this film selection is through the eyes of Amos Vogel, who was born in Vienna in 1921, and who died in New York this past April. I hope that the program can also serve as a tribute to Amos. Among his many achievements in film culture was a new approach toward placing films alongside each other in an evening’s program, freed from their traditional groupings by era, genre, aesthetic, etc. In addition, the Viennese amateur film shown here—HA.WEI. March 14, 1938—is a document of the historical moment that turned seventeen-year old Amos Vogelbaum into an exile” (Alexander Horwath, Director, Austrian Film Museum). All films from the collection of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna.

Program 89 min.

In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The 10th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation

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