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Kurt Kren

Kurt Kren

Nicky Hamlyn | Simon Payne | Al Rees


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Kurt Kren was a vital figure in Austrian avant-garde cinema of the post-war period. His structural films, often shot frame-by-frame following elaborately pre-scored charts and diagrams, have influenced filmmakers for decades, even as Kren himself has remained a nomadic and obscure public figure. Kurt Kren, edited by Nicky Hamlyn, Simon Payne, and A. L. Rees, brings together interviews with Kren, film scores, and classic, out-of-print essays, alongside the reflections of contemporary academics and filmmakers, to add much-needed critical discussion of Kren’s legacy. Taken together, the collection challenges the canonical view of Kren that ignores his underground lineage and powerful, lyrical imagery.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Half Title i
Title iii
Copyright iv
Contents v
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction: Not Reconciled – The Structural Films of Kurt Kren 1
1/57 Versuch mit synthetischem Ton (Test) 9
Kurt Kren and Sound 15
2/60 48 Köpfe aus dem Szondi-Test 29
3/60 Bäume im Herbst 39
3/60 Bäume im Herbst 47
Time-Splits: 4/61 Mauern pos.-neg. & Weg and 31/75 Asyl 53
Strategies in Black and White: 4/61 Mauern pos.-neg. & Weg and 11/65 Bild Helga Philipp 67
5/62 Fenstergucker, Abfall, etc. 75
15/67 TV 83
17/68 Grün-Rot 91
Negation and Contradiction in Kurt Kren’s Films: 32/76 An W + B, 18/68 Venecia Kaputt and 42/83 No Film 99
20/68 Schatzi 109
31/75 Asyl 117
37/78 Tree Again 125
Miscellaneous Works and ‘Bad Home Movies’ 133
Vernacular Studies: 49/95 tausendjahrekino and 50/96 Snapspots (for Bruce) 143
Colour Frame Enlargements and Pages from No Film 153
Reprints and Facsimiles 171
Collected Writings on Kurt Kren 173
Reviews of 31/75 Asyl, 15/67 TV and 28/73 Zeitaufnahme(n) 191
Interview with Kurt Kren 197
Notes on Kren: Cutting Through Structural Materialism or, ‘Sorry. It had to be done.’ 205
Interview with Kurt Kren 219
On Kurt Kren 235
Lord of the Frames: Kurt Kren 241
Interview with Kurt Kren 249
Apperception on Display: Structural Films and Philosophy 261
Filmography 275
Notes on Contributors 281
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