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American Passages

Film Information

Exhibition Title American Passages
Original Title American Passages
English Title
Director Ruth Beckermann
Year 2011
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 120'
  • Dirección / Director: Ruth Beckermann
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: Ruth Beckermann
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Antoine Parouty, Lisa Rinzler
  • Edición / Editing: Dieter Pichler
  • Producción / Producer: Ruth Beckermann
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Ruth Beckermann Filmproduktion
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In 1958 Swiss photographer Robert Frank published The Americans, a landmark book for both modern photography and the representation of what we call Americana, which was the result of a car trip through the United States. Fifty years later, Austrian documentary filmmaker Ruth Beckerman takes a similar trip to record images in motion. What in Frank’s work were blurred, on-the-go instants and flashes of a boundless reality, here they get unfolded in time, forming scenes, conversations, or the simple observation of road lines undulating from a car window. Of course, this is a particular time for the US: the financial crisis just hit and Beckermann’s eye focuses on some of its effects. And yet this is not a documentary of denunciation but a panoramic view, in which the camera goes beyond circumstances and into the essence of a country and the huge project that led it to deform reality and even create its own. At that point, the film’s strange quality can also cause fascination and objectivity: a privilege of the foreigner’s eye.


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