by Hannah Heer & Werner Schmiedel
Director of Photography Hannah Heer

A/USA 1991 color 125 min

Cast: Henri Alekan, Anne Friedberg, Jan-Christopher Horak, Rudolph S. Joseph, Hilde Krahl, Francis Lederer, Ronny Loewy, Harold Nebenzal, Jean Oser, Michael Pabst, Micheline Presle, Heide Schlüpmann, Carl Szokoll, a.o.

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This breakthrough filmessay explores the strange case of G.W.Pabst, the Austrian Film Director who was considered a giant of early cinema before his reputation went behind a cloud. The film takes us through his work with Garbo and Louise Brooks, and his making of such classics as "Pandora's Box", "The Joyless Street", and "The Threepenny Opera". But this is no ordinary film tribute. For "The Other Eye", Hannah Heer and Werner Schmiedel, have evolved a rich visual language new to the documentary field, using a elaborate color structure that reflects not only various moods but different periods of time. The film's jazzy style and sophisticated narration probes unflinchingly the controversy surrounding Pabst: What possessed this liberal, cosmopolitan filmmaker to return to Austria in 1939 and direct movies for the Third Reich?
--THE NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL - Film Society of Lincoln Center, 1991

One of the most resourceful and visionary biography films to come along in recent memory..." --Telluride Film Festival, 1991

"...The result: a thought provoking document which uses unconventional film methods." -- The Jerusalem Film Festival, 1992

"The Other Eye is an over two-hour interview and montage film with a highly original artistic style; it traces the life of the classic Austrian filmmaker G.W.Pabst from Berlin to Paris and on to Hollywood, and then in 1939 back to Berlin. -- Manfred Salzgeber, PANORAMA, Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

New York Film Festival 1991
Telluride Film Festival 1991Berlinale 1992Jerusalem Film Festival 1992


The New York Film Festival, 1991
The Telluride Film Festival, 1991
The Berlin Film Festival, 1992
Österreichische Filmtage, Wels, 1992
The Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel, 1992
The Valladolid Film Festival, Spain, 1992

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