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Zygosis

Synopsis
Traces the development of photomontage, based on the pioneering work of John Heartfield, the anti-Nazi German satirist, through to the contemporary use of these techniques in advertising and video. Born Helmut Herzfeld in Berlin in 1891, Heartfield anglicised his name as a protest against German xenophobia. This video offers a radical and humorous electronic homage to Heartfield’s methods, using animation of archival material, contemporary interviews and footage shot in Berlin during the opening of the Wall and the upheavals in East Germany. Uses modern video techniques such as scratch editing, chroma-key, paintbox and three-dimensional computer animation, all of which have replaced the scissors and glue which were Heartfield’s tools.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Film. 16mm. sd. col/b&w. 27 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1990
Availability
Hire
Notes
Also available as part of the compliation film WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET.
Subjects
Media studies
Keywords
advertising; computer animation; experimental film & video; Heartfield, John; photomontage

Credits

Director
Gavin Hodge
Producer
Tim Morrison
Writer
Jon Dovey

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Production Company

Name

Gorilla Tapes

Sponsor

Name

BFI Production Board

Distributor

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

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