Camp is a lie which tells the truth. Camp is an unexpectedly strong commitment to the trivial. Camp is so bad it's good. Camp is so good it's good. Camp asks what would be if those who had made the film were queer. Camp, a term that was introduced into cultural studies discourse by Susan Sontag in 1964, and stems from queer subculture, is difficult to define. Denoting a perverse productive view of cultural products and a lifestyle at once, the term enables a new perspective on films, stars and styles of the past and present. As part of the "Camp/Anti-Camp" festival curated by Susanne Sachsse and Marc Siegel (19.–21. April, HAU), Arsenal is showing important camp-related films in March and April so as to question the relevance of the term.
In COPACABANA (Alfred E. Green, USA 1947, 19.3.) Groucho Marx is seen alongside the wonderful Brazilian star Carmen Miranda, who plays a rare main role. An important symbol and camp icon of Tropicalism, a cultural movement that emerged in Brazil in the 60s and 70s, Miranda played a double role that can easily read as a self-reflective critique of her star image.
Alla Nazimova's silent spectacle SALOME (Charles Bryant, USA 1923, 23.3.) is a legendary work of queer cinema. Based on the play by Oscar Wilde and staged in the art-deco style developed by Aubrey Beardsley, Nazimova's film is proof that style and aesthetics can outdo content. The film will be presented as part of the Rising Stars, Falling Stars program by silent movie expert Vaginal Davis and the music will be provided by John and Tim Blue. (Marc Siegel)
Der verhexte Scheinwerfer Carl Lamac Germany 1934 16 mm 21 min
Der Theaterbesuch Joe Stöckel Germany 1934 16 mm 24 min
Im Schallplattenladen Hans H. Zerlett Germany 1934 16 mm 18 min
With Liesl Karlstadt and Karl Valentin From 8 years onward
Hora Proelefsis Homeland Syllas Tzoumerkas Greece 2011 35 mm OV/EnS 111 min
Cycling the Frame Cynthia Beatt West Germany 1989 DigiBeta 28 min
The Invisible Frame Cynthia Beatt Germany 2009 HD 60 min
Short Film Program People and Cities:
*Menschen im Espresso Herbert Vesely 1958 DigiBeta 18 min
*Bau 60 Dieter Lemmel 1961 35 mm 12 min
*Na und Marquard Bohm 1966 35 mm 34 min
Der Stadtstreicher R. W. Fassbinder 1966 35 mm 10 min