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Peter Tscherkassky

Train Again

Director Peter Tscherkassky Composer Dirk Schaefer
20' - 2021 - Avant-Garde / Experimental, Found footage - Dialogue: no dialogue
This short film is part of International Shorts 2.
The acceleration of the world and perception radically intensifies over the course of the 19th century. While the mobilization of the gaze generates unforeseen freedom, it also fuels anxiety. From the very start, cinema and the train are inextricably linked as factories of newfound upheaval and uprootedness. The audience exposes itself to the electric shadows at its own risk, guided by the Brothers Lumière who in 1895 also celebrate the arrival of animated photography on the train platform at La Ciotat – or by the young René Clair when he sends a hearse on wildly careening rails in Entr’Acte (1924). Likewise, Peter Tscherkassky's roller coaster ride through a methodically constellated frame-by-frame landscape of escalating cinema commences with frenetic action and the passing of a baton: Horse-drawn coaches and steeds compete one last time against the iron horse, the riders intercut with the train at dizzying, super-imposing velocity. Train Again is a phantom ride through the engine room of the seventh art, a ceremony of the (violent) mechanics of railway vehicles and image transporters.

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Peter Tscherkassky


Dirk Schaefer

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Peter Tscherkassky
Aderlass (short, 1981), Liebesfilm (short, 1982), Erotique (short, 1983), Miniaturen (short, 1983, Urlaubsfilm (short, 1983) Freeze Frame (short, 1983), Motion Picture (La sortie des ouvriers de l'usine Lumière à Lyon (short, 1984), Ballett 16 (short, 1984), Manufraktur (short, 1985), Kelimba (short, 1986), Shot - Countershot (short, 1987), Tabula rasa (short, 1989), Parallel Space: Inter-View (short, 1992), Happy-End (short, 1996), L'arrivée (short, 1999), Outer Space (short, 1999), Get Ready (short, 1999), Dream Work (short, 2001), Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine (short, 2005), Nachtstück (short, 2006), Coming Attractions (short, 2010), The Exquisite Corpus (short, 2015)