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FILM SCREENINGS

  • Budapest Portrait

    1984–86. USA. Peter Hutton. 30 min.

  • Lodz Symphony

    1991–93. USA. Peter Hutton. 20 min.

Monday, May 26, 2008, 4:00 p.m.

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



  • Budapest Portrait

    1984–86. USA. Directed by Peter Hutton. The first artist from a non-socialist country to make a film under the auspices of Hungary's Béla Balàzs Studio, Hutton photographed Budapest's fading grandeur and present-day hardships under the wary gaze of government bureaucrats. "Budapest Portrait suggests the photographs alternately of Eugène Atget and Bernd and Hilla Becher, if not a lushly entropic gloss on Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera.... Human presence is often suggested merely by indexical signs—photographs, shadows, or bullet holes. This relative absence of the figure, together with the harsh chiaroscuro of the winter light, induces a poignant sense of loneliness and isolation. Voluptuously gray, worn, and lived in, the city is like a stage set for an invisible drama" (J. Hoberman, Artforum). 30 min.

  • Lodz Symphony

    1991–93. USA. Directed by Peter Hutton. Images of a vanishing world—the nineteenth-century manufacturing city of Lodz in Poland—are rendered with Atget-like devotion. As he wanders a ghostly city trammeled by history's cruel progress, Hutton finds poetry in its empty cobblestone streets, its crumbling stone facades, and its cemetery overflowing with the toppled gravestones of Jews. His camera documents vestiges of the city's dying traditions: the proud guild of chimney sweeps, recognizable by their shiny brass buttons; and the textile looms with their beautiful mechanized movements. 20 min.

In the Film exhibition Peter Hutton

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