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.
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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.