26/71 Cartoon - Balzac and the Eye of God

Zeichenfilm - Balzac oder das Auge Gottes is a play on the idea of trick film. And trick film it is. The 30-second work is shown twice in case the viewer missed something the first time: in crude hand-drawn animation Zeichenfilm ... evokes the scatological sado-masochistic actions and performances of Otto Muehl and Günter Brus which Kren filmed during his second period. In Zeichenfilm Balzac a male figure hangs himself, achieves a monstrous erection and ejaculates into a woman´s mouth. She in turn hangs herself; he enters her vaginally then anally. Finally, she defecates on the left side of the frame wherein appears an eye of God while on the right in a cartoon box the words "Aber Otto" ("But Otto") materialize, a comic reference to Otto Muehl.
(Regina Cornwell, The Other Side: European Avant-Garde Cinema 1960-1980)

Orig. Title
26/71 Zeichenfilm - Balzac und das Auge Gottes
Year
1971
Country
Austria
Duration
0 min 33 sec
Director
Kurt Kren
Category
Animation/Direct Film
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Credits
Director
Kurt Kren
Animation
Kurt Kren
Available Formats
16 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
silent
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,33
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