24/70 Western

In 24/70 Western, recognition of the image being filmed (an anti-war poster picturing the My Lai massacre entitled "And Babies") is withheld, through close-up filming of the surface of the image, never stepping back to reveal the whole. The method in this film (as in 20/68 Schatzi) acts to subvert the quick responses of viewers to such loaded imagery.
In all of Kren´s films, the images are variously covered and uncovered, hidden and revealed, never taken for granted.
(David Levi Strauss, "Notes on Kren: Cutting Through Structural Materialism or, "Sorry. It had to be done."," in: Cinematograph I, San Francisco 1985)

The alien impression of photography in Western is caused by the use of extreme close-up. Kren’s camera moves across the details of a Vietnam Poster in single frames as if, with trembling closeness and persistent repetition, he wanted to win a new truthfulness from the picture.
(Hans Hurch)

Orig. Title
24/70 Western
Year
1970
Country
Austria
Duration
3 min 2 sec
Director
Kurt Kren
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Downloads
24/70 Western (Image)
24/70 Western (Image)
24/70 Western (Image)
Credits
Director
Kurt Kren
Available Formats
16 mm (Original Format)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
silent
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
silent
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
Festivals (Selection)
2000
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
2004
Buenos Aires Festival Int. de Cine Independiente BAFICI
Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage