After analyzing primary sources from the nationalist cinema scenes of the1920s and 1930s, such as films, essays, and manifestos, I wrote and directed two short works, L’Oiseau Sur un Feu and Platzangst, which respectively replicate and reimagine the foundational cinematic techniques of classic French and German avant-garde films, like Un Chien Andalou, L’Etoile De Mer, Metropolis, and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Specifically, L’Oiseau Sur un Feu explores the visual puns, twisted humor, and abstract movement sequences popular in the French avant-garde, marrying Germaine Dulac’s ideology of cinema as a way of capturing light and Dali and Buñuel’s attempts to explore the unconscious and subconscious mind. Platzangst, on the other hand, dives into the dark psychology of the German avant-garde film, raising philosophical questions about identity and the mind, and creating a world that recognizably pays tribute to the history of the German Expressionist cinematic movement. The influence of the classic filmmakers is salient and, as an electronic poster presentation, these two scored, silent films will be set up to run on loop, with a total run time of approximately 10 minutes, pausing when necessary to facilitate discussion and question-answering.

Fin Boadu, ’16
Guelph, ON, Canada

English & Creative Writing

Sponsor: Leslie Hankins