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Kurt Kren

Structural Films

Kurt Kren was a vital figure in Austrian avant-garde cinema of the postwar period. His structural films—often shot frame-by-frame following elaborately prescored charts and diagrams—have influenced filmmakers for decades, even as Kren himself remained a nomadic and obscure public figure. Kurt Kren, edited by Nicky Hamlyn, Simon Payne, and A. L. Rees, brings together interviews with Kren, film scores, and classic, out-of-print essays, alongside the reflections of contemporary academics and filmmakers, to add much-needed critical discussion of Kren’s legacy. Taken together, the collection challenges the canonical view of Kren that ignores his underground lineage and powerful, lyrical imagery.

298 pages | 16 color plates, 42 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2016

Biography and Letters

Film Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Not Reconciled—The Structural Films of Kurt Kren
A.L. Rees

1/57 Versuch mit synthetischem Ton (Test)
Simon Payne

Kurt Kren and Sound
Gabriele Jutz

2/60 48 Köpfe aus dem Szondi-Test
Abbe Fletcher

3/60 Bäume im Herbst
Simon Payne

3/60 Bäume im Herbst
Gareth Polmeer

Time-Splits: 4/61 Mauern pos.-neg. & Weg and 31/75 Asyl
Aline Helmke

Strategies in Black and White: 4/61 Mauern pos.-neg. & Weg and 11/65 Bild Helga Philipp
Nicky Hamlyn

5/62 Fenstergucker, Abfall, etc.
Yvonne Spielmann

15/67 TV
Yvonne Spielmann

17/68 Grün-Rot
Simon Payne

Negation and Contradiction in Kurt Kren’s Films: 32/76 An W+ B, 18/68 Venecia Kaputt and 42/83 No Film
Nicky Hamlyn

20/68 Schatzi
A.L. Rees

31/75 Asyl
Gareth Polmeer

37/78 Tree Again
Gareth Polmeer

Miscellaneous Works and ‘Bad Home Movies’
Nicky Hamlyn

Vernacular Studies: 49/95 tausendjahrekino and 50/96 Snapspots (for Bruce)
Barnaby Dicker

Colour Frame Enlargements and Pages from No Film

Reprints and Facsimiles

Collected Writings on Kurt Kren
Malcolm Le Grice

Reviews of 31/75 Asyl, 15/67 TV and 28/73 Zeitaufnahme(n)
A.L. Rees

Interview with Kurt Kren
Daniel Plunkett

Notes on Kren: Cutting Through Structural Materialism or, ‘Sorry. It had to be done.’
David Levi Strauss

Interview with Kurt Kren
David Levi Strauss and David Gerstein

On Kurt Kren
Peter Gidal

Lord of the Frames: Kurt Kren
Peter Tscherkassky

Interview with Kurt Kren
Peter Tscherkassky

Apperception on Display: Structural Films and Philosophy
Jinhee Choi


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