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Still Life

Synopsis
This film essay by Harun Farocki compares the still-life paintings of the Dutch masters with still-life photography of the present day, in particular commercial photography and advertisements. Using behind-the-scenes glimpses of modern advertising offices, where employees toil at the proper placement of objects for maximum sales effect, Farocki presents a vision of reality in which objects bear witness to their producers. In his commentary, Farocki, who earned money to finance the work by taking on commercial photo shoots, acknowledges the need for artistic compromise while de-mythologising the creative process. In doing so, he challenges conventional ways of seeing and our perceptions of what is art.
Language
English
Country
Germany
Year of release
2010
Year of production
1997
Notes
In German with English subtitles.
Subjects
Art
Keywords
advertising; documentary films; paintings; photography

Credits

Director
Harun Farocki

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1 NTSC
Price
$19.95
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
56 minutes
Year
2012

Distributor

Name

Facets Multi-media Inc.

Email
sales@facets.org
Web
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Phone
+1 773 281 9045
Fax
+1 773 929 5437
Address
1517 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
60614
USA
Notes
A pioneering US distributor of over 65,000 international, animated, independent, art, classic, documentary, silent, and experimental films on DVD, some of them exclusive to the Facets label.

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