American Torso (Amerikai anzix)

  • Gábor Bódy /
  • Hungary /
  • 1975 /
  • 91 mins

Sándo Csutoros, György Cserhalmi, András Fekete

EIFF 2011 guest creator, Béla Tarr described Hungarian filmmaker Gàbor Bódy as 'one of the highest mountains in Hungarian film history’. This is the postmodern filmmaker at his most experimental.

Collaged texts excerpted from authentic diaries, a text by Karl Marx, poems by Walt Whitman, and Ambrose Bierce’s short story combine in a skeletal narrative about the lives of three 1848 Revolution veterans, serving as land surveyors during the American Civil War. A poetic experiment in form, Bódy uses his own method of ‘light editing’ in order to make it resemble a wracked silent film from the late 19th century. This film was programmed for EIFF 2011 by guest creator Béla Tarr.

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