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Film info: Well Done

Film Information

Original Title Well Done
English Title
Director Thomas Imbach
Year 1994
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 75 min
  • Guión: Thomas Imbach, Monika Gsell
  • Fotografía: Jürg Hassler, Thomas Imbach
  • Montaje: Thomas Imbach, Jürg Hassler
  • Producción: Thomas Imbach


What is the best way of portraying day-to-day work in a massive computer centre serving the financial community of Zurich? The answer: to spend months actually being there, observing it from inside, compiling and classifying 60 hours of film and then editing this material into seemingly unrelated components –without the slightest commentary– by means of hectic montage, cutting and slashing until the whole grand system dissipates to dust. The result is an absurd serial ballet à la Jacques Tati, presented in staccato format, that highlights the stress, alienation, materialism to which the modern world of the almighty computer exposes us. Thomas Imbach set himself the mammoth task of doing just that: producing fragmented images of phone calls, nervous fingers gliding across keyboards, sidelong glances, briefings, data, banking jargon and automatic gestures –all in order to highlight (not without bitterness) the loss of humanity inherent in the reign of marketing and electronics.

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