More kooky, multi-media goings-on at Brown University’s Granoff Center this Thursday,
Coincidental Hour (Ric Royer and Blevin Blectum) gets out of the house for the first time in this series. There will be weird videos, DJ experiments by Frank Difficult, the prototype controllers and improvised music of Lord Giovanni, and a first-time-ever public unveiling of long-buried, shockingly experimental films from the well-known Weimar era of German film, presented by Kurt Ralske and Miriam Atkin. Stay till the end and enjoy the debut screening of a hitherto unseen German Futurist masterpiece with live musical accompaniment.
That last bit refers to “Rediscovering German Futurist Cinema: Kurt Ralske and Miriam Atkin uncover weird wonders of the Weimar.” Eugen Schüfftan (1893 – 1977) was the creator of the special effects for “Metropolis” and many other classic German films of the 1920s. His more radical experiments, utilizing custom techniques of optical printing with partially transparent mirrors, have never been seen. In these 1927 experiments, Schüfftan transforms footage from “Metropolis” into Futurist-style studies of motion. These short clips were discovered last year on an unlabeled film reel in the archive of the F.W. Murnau Foundation, in Wiesbaden by Kurt Ralske.
Free and open to the public, 8pm, Thursday, May 19, Granoff Center, Studio 3, 154 Angell Street