Ferry Radax

Thomas Bernhard - Three Days

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Thomas Bernhard - Three Days
A Film by Ferry Radax
Original version with English, French and Spanish subtitles I Germany 1970, 52 min, Concept & Image: Ferry Radax I Cinematography: Michael Wingens (film), Ferry Radax (video) I Sound: Ben Janse, Editing: Ferry Radax I Editorial Journalist: Christhart Burgmann I Executive Producer: Günther Herbertz, Production: IFAGE-Filmproduktion, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

This portrait of the great Austrian writer combines a brilliant monologue delivered by Thomas Bernhard and the artful film work of Ferry Radax. The location chosen for three summer days is a park in Hamburg full of huge old trees. While sitting on a white bench, Bernhard talks about dark childhood memories, his youth, and his struggles with writing. A striking element is his high praise of obstacles as "material for the brain."

Ferry Radax about his film Thomas Bernhard - Three Days
An interview with Ferry Radax by Georg Vogt in 2006
Original version with English subtitles I Austria 2010, 40 min, Moderation: Georg Vogt I Cinematography: Christian Karst I Production, Editing: AUTOCHTHON (Otto Mörth)

In an interview conducted by Georg Vogt, Ferry Radax talks about the work process during the production of the film and how his shooting concept enabled Bernhard to open up and talk about his past for the first time, which later appeared in his autobiographical prose.
[Brigitta Burger-Utzer]

"The original intentions gave way to an experiment whose unknown outcome could only arise from the performative moment created by the interaction of participants and location. Similar to Sonne halt! and Mosaik im Vertrauen before it, this allowed improvisation within an extremely open context to generate a film from the reaction to the situation, from the acknowledgment of what Radax called "what the film called for."
[Georg Vogt]

Total running time: 92 min

20 pages booklet, bilingual English-German. "Resistance and Productive Inefficiency - On Ferry Radax" television portrait Thomas Bernhard - Three Days", by Georg Vogt


Born 1932 in Vienna. Lives and works in Vienna and Krems. Member of Vienna Boys' Choir. Grammar School with musical education in Frankfurt/Main. Film Academies in Vienna and Rome (Cinecitta, Centro Sperimentale). During the times of the ,Art Club' in Vienna, he met many artists whom he subsequently portrayed for Austrian and German TV. Surrealist photography since 1948. Has made documentaries, experimental and feature films for more than 40 years, in Europe, Japan and other countries. Painter (self-taught) and free-lance filmmaker.
Numerous festivals and awards. Personal shows in the Austrian Filmmuseum/Vienna, National Film Theatre/London, Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris, Berliner Lupe/München, Gasteig, Zürich, Rome and Tokyo.

Films & Videos (Selection):
Mosaik im Vertrauen / Mosaic in Confidence (in coop. with Peter Kubelka) 1955
Sonne, halt! / Sun stop! 1959 - 62
Schindler in der Schweiz 1960
Am Rand / On the Edge 1961 - 63
Hundertwasser 1965 - 66
Große Liebe / Great Love 1966
Testament / Last Will 1967
H. C. Artmann 1967
Konrad Bayer oder die welt bin ich, und das ist meine sache 1968 - 69
Der Kopf des Vitus Bering 1970
Wiener Phantastische Realisten (2 sequences) 1970
Der Italiener / The Italian 1972
Ludwig Wittgenstein (2 sequences) 1975
Unter Freunden 1977
Attentat in Gastein 1980
Wer sind Sie, Mr. Joyce? 1964 - 80
Auf der Spur des Erich von Däniken (3 sequences) 1984
Jenseits von Österreich 1990
Hundertwasser in Neuseeland 1995 - 98

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Bonus tracks
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