January 2020, arsenal cinema

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: HA’ MAKAH HA’ SHMONIM VE’ AHAT (The 81st Blow)


January 27th 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. In 2015, Arsenal digitally restored the far too seldom screened documentary HA' MAKAH HA' SHMONIM VE' AHAT (The 81st Blow, David Bergman, Jacques Ehrlich, Haim Gouri, Miriam Novitch, Zvi Shner, Israel 1975) as part of the "Asynchronous: Documentaries and Experimental Films on the Holocaust” project. Based on the testimony of Michael Goldmann-Gilad, who as a child in the ghetto was almost beaten to death, the film explores Jewish life in Europe before 1933, Hitler's seizure of power, the outbreak of war, the establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto and its demolishment after the Uprisings there, ending with the deportations and extermination camps. Archive footage is transformed from a document and piece of evidence into a monument. (gk) Introduction: Christian Pischel. (27.1.)

arsenal cinema: “The gatekeepers exist to be overthrown.” 
Amos Vogel – Repeats and Responses

08:00 pm Cinema 1

Walking From Munich to Berlin

Geography of the Body

Meshes of the Afternoon

Glens Falls Sequence

In the Street


Un chant d’amour

Walking From Munich to Berlin Oskar Fischinger Germany 1927 35 mm 5 min
Geography of the Body Willard Maas USA 1943 16 mm 7 min
Meshes of the Afternoon Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid USA 1943 16 mm 14 min
Glens Falls Sequence Douglass Crockwell USA 1946 16 mm 11 min
Print from the George Eastman Museum, Rochester
In the Street Helen Levitt, James Agee USA 1948 16 mm OV 16 min
Desistfilm Stan Brakhage USA 1954 16 mm without dialogue 7 Min
Un chant d’amour Jean Genet F 1950 16 mm without dialogue 26 min

Introduced by Tobias Hering