Gustav Deutsch & Hanna Schimek (loop media, Vienna) introduce
Eros Exotic: On the notion and staging of the exotic and foreign in commercials, newsreels, fiction films, documentaries, and erotic films from the first four decades of cinematography.
A black woman washes a white baby with Sunlight soap; a Turk gets beheaded by two black guys because he kisses a veiled lady; a Chinese transforms a worm into a butterfly woman, and is transformed by her into a worm; a white slave is sold to Arabs; a group of naked bathing women are attacked by a group of Turks; British soldiers disguised as blacks play a group of minstrels; a drugged man dreams of Japanese female dancers and so on. . . .
How is the exotic and foreign pictured by French, British, Austrian, Dutch filmmakers in the first four decades of cinematography? Clichés and stereotypes about foreign peoples and cultures become visible.
A program made up of films and excerpts of films selected from the image library of FILM IST. a girl & a gun, the latest installment in the series of films on the phenomenology of the medium, by Gustav Deutsch.
Sources: Austrian Filmmuseum
Cineteca di Bologna
CNC - Archives françaises du film
the Imperial War Museum, UK