february 2019, arsenal cinema

The Total Filmmaker: Jerry Lewis

Ever since as a five-year-old, Jerry Lewis stood on stage for the first time and made the audience laugh by bumping into a stage light and making it explode it was clear what lay ahead for him: That he would have to stumble, slip and fall for the rest of his life. His fortunate encounter with Dean Martin at the age of 19 led to a breakthrough. The two worked together for 10 years and made 16 films on top of their stage shows before parting ways. Jerry Lewis had already developed his iconic image by then: Next to the good-looking and cool Dean Martin, he came across as a childish and innocent being, who couldn’t but help crazily trigger disasters with his sheer presence. His performances in which something unexpected and suppressed would burst out, were characterized by a style that combined mimicry, body language and pitch with obsessive intensity. The abrupt changes of voice and ways of speaking, of behavior and body language correspond to reproductions and changes of personality; in his films he often embodies several characters, transforming himself into another with the help of a drink for example. His films are more than a sheer succession of often absurd gags: Not infrequently do they slide into pure farce, exhibit satirical observations of show business and the cult of stars and expose the character of illusion. His idiosyncratic and original use of sound, color and decor earned Jerry Lewis the admiration of French critics in particular. In 1960, the “total filmmaker” was born after he started staging himself and decided to keep full artistic control in his hands by writing, producing and directing the films in which he played. Before and after the Berlinale, we will be showing a small selection of films starring and sometimes directed by Jerry Lewis.

february 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour
 – Breaks in the History of Film

Moments of change, upheaval and crisis in film history form the focus of the Magical History Tour in February. We are will present examples directly related to or influenced by technical, economic, social and political ruptures, as well as films in which specific breaks resonated only with a delay.

Obvious cinematic reflections of far-reaching events are shown alongside works whose reflections of past crises are revealed only at second sight. Once again, viewing the history of film at its interfaces and dawns of new epochs allows one to regard it not as a continuous line of development obliged to an alleged "belief in progress," but as a network of discontinuities and ruptures that can be read in very different ways and is tied into a cultural field of tension influenced by the most various factors.

january 2019, edition

New DVD releases: "Havarie", "Revision" and "And-ek ghes..."

Still from Havarie

After the THE HALFMOON FILES and DER TAG DES SPATZEN, we’re very pleased to release three further DVDs featuring films by Philip Scheffner, in cooperation with Filmgalerie 451: HAVARIE (2016), AND-EK GHES … (2016) and REVISION (2012). In his works, Scheffner has developed his very own style of political reasoning, which redefines what is and is not visible. He creates visual and auditory spaces, interweaving stories and conducting investigations whose points of connection remain open.

arsenal cinema: Edit Film Culture!

06:30 pm Cinema 2

Lichtspiel Schwarz-Weiß-Grau

Straight and Narrow

11 x 14

30.10.1978: Bilder und Strukturen
*Lichtspiel Schwarz-Weiß-Grau László Moholy-Nagy
Germany/USSR 1930 35 mm 6 min
*Straight and Narrow Beverly and Tony Conrad
USA 1970 16 mm 10 min
*11 x 14 James Benning
USA 1977 35 mm 82 min

Introduced by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
arsenal cinema: Retrospective Andrei Tarkovsky

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Katok i skripka

*Offret The Sacrifice Sweden/France 1986
35 mm OV/GeS 145 min
Showing first: Katok i skripka The Steamroller and the Violin
USSR 1960 35 mm OV/EnS 45 min

arsenal cinema: Edit Film Culture!

08:30 pm Cinema 1

Visual Variations On Noguchi

Glimpse Of The Garden

Hurry! Hurry!


Arabesque For Kenneth Anger

Bagatelle For Willard Maas

Drips In Strips

Eye Music In Red Mayor

Moon Play

Mood Mondrian


Go! Go! Go!

Watts With Eggs



Andy Warhol


Marie Menken
*Visual Variations On Noguchi Marie Menken USA 1945 16 mm 4 min
*Glimpse Of The Garden Marie Menken USA 1957 16 mm 5 min
*Hurry! Hurry! Marie Menken USA 1957 16 mm 4 min
*Dwightiana Marie Menken USA 1959 16 mm 4 min
*Arabesque For Kenneth Anger Marie Menken USA 1961 16 mm 5 min
*Bagatelle For Willard Maas Marie Menken USA 1961 16 mm 5 min
*Drips In Strips Marie Menken USA 1961 16 mm 3 min
*Eye Music In Red Mayor Marie Menken USA 1961 16 mm 5 min
*Moon Play Marie Menken USA 1961 16 mm 4 min
*Mood Mondrian Marie Menken USA 1961/62 16 mm 6 min
*Sidewalks Marie Menken USA 1961/66 16 mm 6 min
*Notebook Marie Menken USA 1962 16 mm 11 min
*Go! Go! Go! Marie Menken USA 1963 16 mm 12 min
*Watts With Eggs Marie Menken USA 1964 16 mm 2 min
*Wrestlers Marie Menken USA 1964 16 mm 8 min
*Lights Marie Menken USA 1964/65 16 mm 6 min
*Andy Warhol Marie Menken USA 1965 16 mm 18 min
*Excursion Marie Menken USA 1968 16 mm 5 min

Introduced by Ute Aurand