Zur Bauweise des Films bei Griffith

© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Photo: Werner Kaligofsky

Harun Farocki

Zur Bauweise des Films bei Griffith, 2006

Video, black and white, silent, 8 min 16 sec Editing and English subtitles: Jan Ralske


Artwork text

A sequence by Griffith from 1916's "Intolerance". There are numerous forms of montage: naturally, the wide shot, the varying camera angles, shot-reverse angle, parallel montage, leaps in time across many decades. But one sequence is especially notable. It causes one to think that with it, the shot-reverse angle form of expression was invented. Or that it's meant to emphasize, through repeated affiliation, something one wasn't yet sure of. This sequence is like one of those animals that only exist to provide an example for the correctness of Darwin's Theory of Evolution. But cinematic Darwinism is neither right nor wrong.