Not a Film — Patchwork. Dziga Vertov

Kein Film — Ein Stückwerk. Dziga Vertov

DIN-A5 booklet, 1986 first edition 500, signed by Michael Pilz
DIN-A5 booklet, 2021 second edition 300, signed by Michael Pilz

Carrying out observations? Or drawing conclusions from observations of others?


I came up with something special for the annual Austrian Film Festival („Welser Filmtage“): A film in the form of a book that would be available at movie box offices. I aimed at stimulating others to specifically think about the cinema, the films shown on movie screens, and (maybe the actual motion picture) their own, inner film. They could read the book in cafés, parks, or their own rooms. It consists of eighty written quotes of famous or not so famous artists and philosophers. I arranged them in an order that would let attentive readers see a film emerge in their minds, the content of which would solely depend on the way they would relate to texts and attach visual meaning to them.

Michael Pilz, Vienna, 1986

Original title Kein Film — Ein Stückwerk. Dziga Vertov
English title Not a Film — Patchwork. Dziga Vertov
Produced and published by Michael Pilz
Concept and realization by Michael Pilz
Edited by Michael Pilz
Citations by Herbert Achternbusch, Robert Altman, Anthology Film Archives, Gideon Bachman, Francis Bacon, Bela Balazs, Franz Blei, Bertolt Brecht, Robert Bresson, Bushido, Fritjof Capra, Carlos Castaneda, Paul Celan, Paul Cezanne, Charles Spencer Chaplin, René Clair, Jean Cocteau, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Georges Devereux, Dogo-Zen, Friedrich Engels, Jean Epstein, Jean Eustache, Federico Fellini, Erich Fromm, Jean-Luc Godard, Samuel Goldwyn, Joshu Jushin, Ronald D. Laing, Fernand Léger, Jerry Lewis, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Werner Heisenberg, Melanie Klein, Siegfried Kracauer, Neue Kronenzeitung, Zenrin Kushu, Nagarjuna, André Malraux, Grouche Marx, Matthäus, Russ Meyer, Robert Musil, Martin Osterland, Erwin Panofsky, Louis Pasteur, Jean Pivasset, Kosma Prutkov, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Hans Richter, Arno Schmidt, Mack Sennett, Lucien Seve, Bob Slade, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Claude Levy Strauss, Dziga Vertov, Slavko Vorkapich, Paul Watzlawick, Orson Welles, Klaus Wildenhahn, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Cesare Zavattini

Austria 1986

First publication 14-19 October, 1986, Austrian Filmdays, Wels/Austria

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