Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ludwig van

Ludwig van. Ein Bericht von Mauricio Kagel. DE 1970 © 1969 Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Cologne). Music: L. v. Beethoven. Screenplay and musical arrangement: Mauricio Kagel.
Collaborators: Joseph Beuys, Günther Boehnert, Carlos Feller, Werner Höfer, Mauricio Kagel, Rudolf Körösi, Linda Klaudius-Mann, Klaus Lindemann, Heinz-Klaus Metzger, José Montes-Bacquer, Diter Rot, Schuldt, Victor Staub, Otto Tomek, Ferry Waldoff, Stefan Wewerka.
Reconstruction of the Beethoven House, Kitchen: Joseph Beuys, Living room and garden: Ursula Burghardt, Lumber room: Robert Filliou, Music room: Mauricio Kagel, Bath room: Diter Rot in collaboration with Rudolf Rieser, Nursery: Stefan Wewerka.
Music recordings: Male choir of WDR (Herbert Schernus), Gesamtdeutsches Kammerorchester
Conductor: Mauricio Kagel
Sound: Heinz Garbowski, Ernst Thomas, Otto Ziegler
Masks: Horst Bonk, Lothar Noak
Costumes: Gisela Röcken
Props: Claus Velder
Still photograph: Brigitte Dannehl
Script: Marty Vlasak
Cutting: Rüdiger Laske
Assistant director: Wilhelm Bruck
Director of recording: Frank Nüssel
Producer: Victor Staub
Executive producer: José Montes-Bacquer
Associate producers: Günter Herbertz, Holger Lussmann
Camera: Rudolf Körösi
Editor: Manfred Gräter
Director: Mauricio Kagel
New digital version directed and remastered by Mauricio Kagel, June 29 and 30, July 3 and 4, 2006 at Gürtler Multimedia, Neuss, Germany. Digital engineering and editing: Nina Schmitz, Dvd authorizing: Press 9, Steffen Kachel, Berlin, Germany. Publisher: Universal Edition, Wien, Austria.
Production: September 23 - October 9, 1969 at WDR Studio, Cologne, and locations near Cologne / Bonn, Germany
Ifage-Filmproduktion, Wiesbaden, Germany, and WDR, Westdeutsches Fernsehen, Cologne, Germany
First television broadcasting: June 1, 1970, WDR, Westdeutsches Fernsehen
Subtitles: Regine Vetter (de), Richard Toop (en), Luis Gago (es), Mathieu Denis (fr), Mariko Takahashi (jp)
The realization of this project was possible with the kind support of: Kunststiftung NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany
Winter & Winter's special thanks to Eva Beuys, Litolff's / Peters (Stefan Conradi), Kulturstiftung NRW (Dr. Winrich Hopp), WDR (Verena Eberle, Anke Pressel, Harry Vogt, Markus Heugler, Florian Streit, Uwe Sydekum, and Werner Wittersheim), Wolfgang Ellers, and Richard Toop.
Coordination and production: Regine Vetter
Assistant: Chiemi Miura

91 min Dvd © 2007 Winter & Winter (München). Viewed at home, 27 Jan 2011

From Mauricio Kagel's script: "For the cameraman, the following are available throughout the shooting: black buckled shoes, dark grey breehes, light grey breeches, light grey gloves, two black full-length sleeves decorated with lace, a hat, various hearing trumpets, manuscript-like notepaper, a conversation book for occasional scribbles, writing materials".
Vienna Express Vienna -Bonn - Hoek van Holland
Beethoven's house, music room: "The note-heads form an almost regular carpet pattern, with inexplicable accumulations. Ceilings, walls, floor and all furniture and objects are covered with His music. In close-ups, ensure that the notation is always legible".
"His music will sound as if He could still hear it in 1826. Pretty badly."
"Beethoven's house, living room: The whole set-up should seem like mediocre frippery for visitors; here, the metal panelling of the living room is an act of multiple musealising."
"Beethoven's house, children's room: Everything in this room is changed so that there are no right angles within the entire set."
"Beethoven's house, bathroom: one hundred busts made of fat or marzipan covered in chocolate are piled up in a bathtub filled to the brim with water."
"Beethoven's house, garden: so many clotheslines that the washing and clothing hung on them seem like an accumulated laundry-fury from past centuries."
Sentimental journey along the Rhine of the steamship Cecilia.
Parody tv panel: "Is Beethoven being abused?" Mauricio Kagel (Argentine), Otto Tomek (Austria), Victor Staub (Switzerland), José Montes (Spain), Heinz-Klaus Metzger (Germany) - host: Werner Höfer. A main abuser: Karajan!
Pseudo-scientific examination of playing Beethoven: "Interpretative energetics. Some of the 112 concepts (curves): muscular tension, exertion of the will, pulse beat, inappropriate usage, climactic states of tension, recording of rump movements, professional ailments, pneumatic capsules, unmusicality, recognition, conservatory, regrettable facts, inner clarity, sound shadings, subjective surveyability, skeletal support, non-measurable reproducibility, blood circulation, coordinating occupation neuroses, real spasm, experimental real time, demonic acoustic impression."
A very old woman (Linda Klaudius-Mann) plays Beethoven.
"Zoo sequence: apes, camels, and elephants. For this: prisoners' chorus from Fidelio."
"This film is truly a report."

In the beginning there is a subjective camera. We follow Ludwig's footsteps in contemporary Bonn and make a tour of his house. The film then switches into a free essay mode, with a tv debate on the "abuse" of Beethoven, a meeting of Ludwig's farmer descendant on a field, and pseudo-scientific excursions.

Dada poetry and imagery in a spoof essay on Beethoven. A great sense of play, a wonderful sense of humour. Musically, it's a twisted compilation as it might have been heard by the deaf maestro, himself.

Dvd chapters:
Stefan Wewerka shaving
Beethoven's Arrival in Bonn
Fire drain and kitchen in the Beethoven House (Joseph Beuys)
Bathroom , Beethoven busts made of lard and chocolate (Diter Rot)
Living room of the Beethoven House (Ursula Burghardt)
Music room (Mauricio Kagel)
Lumber room in the Beethoven House (Robert Filliou)
Garden and washhouse (Ursula Burghardt)
Rhinepromenade near Bonn
Shipping with orchestra
Internationaler Frühschoppen
Beethoven's descendant in the middle of a field
Schuldt at the typewriter
Magic with old props
Medical demonstration material
Beethoven "In questa tomba oscura" (Carlos Feller, bass-baritone)
Laboratory: piano playing of the pianist Klaus Lindemann
Props museum
Playing of the famous pianist Linda Klaudius-Mann
Zoo / Men's Choir of WDR
Credits

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