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THE OTHER EYE explores life and work of the film director G.W.Pabst (1885-1967).

THE OTHER EYE operates on a range of levels. Invaluable interviews with film theorists and Pabst's colleagues throughout various periods of his life are interwoven with documents, photographs and excerpts of Pabst's films. Within the context of the engaged contributions of the participants, Pabst's life unfolds like a dramatic story.

Austrian film director G.W.Pabst, who is best known for his work with the American actress Louise Brooks ("Pandora's Box"), was one of the major European film pioneers in Berlin during the Weimar Republic (i.e. "The Threepenny Opera", "Comradeship").

With political turmoil at its peak in Germany, the pacifist Pabst exiled himself from Berlin and moved to Hollywood via Paris in 1933. His return to Austria in 1939 (already part of the Third Reich) sent shock waves through the international cultural community and caused one of the biggest controversies in film history.

At the center of the film, THE OTHER EYE, the filmmakers raise the question: "What is each artist's and each human being's responsibility?"


The Telluride Film Festival, 1991:

"One of the most resourceful and visionary biography films to come along in recent memory, THE OTHER EYE probes the life and works of G.W.Pabst in a manner evoking the incendiary Austrian director's own dynamic and passionate style. Transcending mere interviews and stock footage, Johanna Heer and Werner Schmiedel recreate Pabst by incorporating the spectral use of color, flamboyant and expressionistic camera angles and a pervading feeling of kinetic sensuality. Emulating the director's own faculty for realizing psychoanalytic theory through film, THE OTHER EYE explores its subject not only historically, through documents, and personally, through interviews, but also as a seminal part of the cinematic canon. THE OTHER EYE stands as a vigilant testimony to the fact that G.W.Pabst is an undeniable and vital influence in film today."

Rudolph S.Joseph, Anne Friedberg, Harold Nebenzal, Francis Lederer, Ronny Loewy, Heide Schlüpmann, Freddy Buache, Jean Oser, Jan-Christopher Horak, Henri Alekan, Micheline Presle, Michael Pabst, Hilde Krahl, Carl Szokoll, Aglaja Schmid, Herbert G.Luft

Austria/USA 1991, revised DVD-Version 2009
111 min., Color
in German, English, French with Subtitles