Films byTexts by F.W. Murnau
F.W. Murnau, 1924, 90’

An aging doorman is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbors and society after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious hotel.


F.W. Murnau, 1926, 106’

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt the soul of Faust, a learned and prayerful alchemist.


Mephisto: What do you want? A woman, a card game, an orgy?


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Van 1970 tot 1986 verschenen in het dagblad Süddeutsche Zeitung wekelijks Frieda Grafe’s Filmtips, korte commentaren op het filmaanbod in München, vaak slechts één zin per film. Sabzian selecteerde en vertaalde acht Filmtips.

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En met die toegenomen gevoeligheid wordt op zijn beurt ons denken versterkt. De duisternis van de cinema als een onmetelijke serre. Wanneer je buiten komt na zo’n ‘tropische’ cinema-ervaring – buiten in de echte wereld – is er dit onmiskenbare, maar onmogelijk precies te omschrijven besef: iets is gedraaid, verdraaid, iets heeft zich verlegd.

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Et grâce à notre sensibilité désormais accrue, c’est notre pensée qui se renforce à son tour. L’obscurité du cinéma est comme une immense serre. Lorsqu’on sort d’une telle expérience cinématographique « tropicale », en retournant au monde réel, on réalise de façon incontestable mais sans pouvoir le décrire que quelque chose s’est torsionné, a changé, que quelque chose s’est déplacé.

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Sarah Vanagt 2018
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And with this increased sensitivity, our thinking is reinforced in turn. The cinema’s darkness as an immeasurable greenhouse. When leaving this ‘tropic’ cinema experience – outside in the real world – there is an undeniable awareness, impossible to specify: something has turned, twisted; something has shifted.

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Th[e] introductory intertitle, […] allows us to read in Sunrise (1927), far more than its inconsistent “philosophical” pretext, its major signifying articulations – namely, an in order of appearance: dramatis personae, but not characters in the traditional sense (the absence of names reduces the introduction of individuals to pure roles, networks of functions and attributes); time, but not history (the narrative refuses any relation to a real chronology, any temporality beyond the segmentation on which it is founded: the times of day); places, but not geography (purely fictive locations, referring to no extra-filmic reality); and finally the film’s tones, the curious “mix of genres” it produces.

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The last couple of years, Sabzian celebrated its birthday around Valentine’s Day. From this year on, this festive night will be given a different form. For the first edition, the State of Cinema of 2018, Sabzian is honoured to welcome filmmaker Sarah Vanagt. She has chosen Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) by F.W. Murnau. The film will be accompanied by musician Seppe Gebruers.