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Aimless Walk - Alexander Hammid
Bezúčelná procházka - Alexander Hammid, Czech Republic, 1996, 48 min, Creative, Portrait
As a portrait of an artist, Aimless Walk - Alexander Hammid refuses to surrender either to mythologising the chosen subject or to that flood of fact and information which turns many documentary films into hours of dry didactism. The film is interested in the apparently inessential details in the life of photographer and filmmaker Alexander Hammid who was born as Alexander Hackenschmied in 1907 in Linz, Austria. And it respects his wishes - "I don't like to talk. I express myself always in images. Otherwise I like silence." The inessentials are Hammid's essentials - the daily doings in his New York apartment; how he sews on a button, makes his own yoghurt or the long walks and subway journeys through Manhattan with echoes from his first film in 1930, Bezúčelná procházka - Aimless Walk, shot during the heyday of Prague avantgarde film and before his emigration. Throughout the film, Kudláček associates her observations with beautiful passages from Hammid's experimental films, for example, the classic Meshes of the Afternoon which he produced in 1943 together with his wife Maya Deren. Splinters are knitted together in chains, threads of sound and whispering pictures become dense, that is the intonation of the film.
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Special Award of Committee -
Trilobit Beroun 1997