November 2012, arsenal cinema

Living Archive - Public Screening

Descomedidos y chascones, 1972

The next "Living Archive" public screening takes place on November 8.
Films by Carlos Flores del Pino and Hellmuth Costard

DESCOMEDIDOS Y CHASCONES (Cool and Tough), Carlos Flores del Pino, Chile 1973)

The documentary film produced by Cine Experimental de la Universidad de Chile traces a picture of the Chilean youth during the reign of Salvador Allende in the early 1970s. DESCOMEDIDOS Y CHASCONES does not devote itself to agitation through indoctrination against class society. Instead it analyzes the complex socialization of young people which stay tied to their respective social milieus – whether bourgeois or proletarian, rich or poor, left or right - through experimental means. Flores del Pino combines long documentary shots from the Festival de Rock Progresivo in Viña del Mar or from demonstrations and summer camps of the politicized youth workers with collages and animations that criticize capitalism. Los Jaivas specially composed music for DESCOMEDIDOS Y CHASCONES whose theatrical premiere in Santiago was prevented by the Pinochet led coup on September 11 in 1973.

TEILWEISE VON MIR – EIN VOLKSSTÜCK (Partly Mine – A Folk Film, Hellmuth Costard, FRG 1973)

The film is based on a variety of reflections on politics and labor, economy and technology, identity and advertising. Hellmuth Costard asked 606 pedestrians in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich to repeat one of these thoughts through sentences like "Who determines when to feel ashamed?", "Do plants have a soul?" or "Without loom no cloth". This way a collective and equally subtle as well as entertaining monologue about the state of western consumer society developed. Costard's documentary film, which was co-produced by Radio Bremen, was a collaboration with Winfried Burtschel, Susanne Müller and Thomas Wittenburg. Hellmuth Costard, filmmaker, tinker and in 1968 co-founder of the Hamburger Filmcooperative, is deemed to be the enfant terrible of German cinema, whose often ironic and critical, also visionary work, has not been appreciated widely enough yet.

Further information about Florian Wüst's Living Archive project "¿Cómo se cuenta Chile?" you can find under: