Hommage á La Sarraz

  • 9 10
  • 1981
  • 12min
Hommage á La Sarraz
  • Original Title: Hommage á La Sarraz

In this collage-experimental short film, filmmaker Lutz Dammbeck pays homage to the postulates that Sergei Eisenstein and other independent filmmakers made at the La Sarraz congress in 1929.

Hommage á La Sarraz

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: London Short Film Festival/ Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animation Film/ ulture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music and Film retrospective, Amherst

Hommage á La Sarraz. An experimental short film in honor of the avant-garde

In this experimental short, Dammbeck relocates his Leipzig-based artists’ circle  known as the Herbstsalon (Autumn Salon), to La Sarraz Palace in Switzerland. 

In 1929, La Sarraz was the site of a legendary congress held by leading European avant-garde filmmakers—including Sergei Eisenstein, Béla Balázs, Ivor Montagu, Hans Richter and Walter Ruttmann—who wished to create an independent cinema as a forum for discussing issues such as elitist thinking, the tastes of the masses and the gaps between art and life. 

Not only avant-garde film history is at stake in Homage to La Sarraz, however; so too are images and sounds from after 1933. Voices and visions of the Nazi past intermingle with the voices and (tele)visions of the (1981) socialist present, suggesting certain analogies. 

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