06/Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan, 2008
It is an adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author Vikas Swarup. Set and filmed in India, the film tells the story of Jamal Malik, a young man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and exceeds people’s expec- tations. The story recounts in flashback how Jamal knows the answer to each question, each one linked to a key event in his life.
Tracing the trail
A personal / subjective archive of choreographies of films across the film history.
Inside postmodern cultural studies the term archive is being used as memory of information and knowledge, referring to Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. It s a project about choreography – developed as a form of writing. Notation of dance movements in film scenes is a rareness. The challenge about capturing dance scenes in films are frequently occurring camera view changes e.g. close ups of faces which interrupts the experience of viewing whole movements.
The working prozess is: A first step is to find a way to understand movements, to reconstruct them, to write it down, to find a possible way of notation. To learn the movements we can get from the film scenes, to then imagine the rest of the choreography by analyzing procedures, patterns and other materials involved.
It is a Remake of the Original. The decision of how to complete a choreography is always based on a mix of several experiences, namely of cultural knowledge* (which is an archive we can use as well), of imagination, and of course of what we see in the actual scene.
*cultural knowledge means e.g. body attitudes that have already been seen, they are already part of a cultural memory.
01/Bande à part, Jean-Luc Godard, 1964
The film is an adaptation of the novel Fools’ Gold (Doubleday Crime Club, 1958) by American author Dolores Hitchens (1907–1973). The film belongs to the French Nouvelle Vague movement.
02/Big, Penny Marshall, 1988
The film is an American Fantasy comedy, starring Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin,
a young boy who makes a wish “to be big” and is then aged to adulthood overnight.
03/Zorba the Greek, Michael Cacoyannis, 1964
The film is based on the novel Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis, starring Anthony Quinn as the main character. An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.
04/Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, 1994
The film was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. A crime film, known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humor and violence, nonlinear storyline, time-twisting, and a host of cinematic allusions and pop culture references, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.
05/Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009
Greek drama film about a father, a mother and their three kids living in a house at the outskirts of a city. There is a tall fence surrounding the house. The kids have never left the property. The film won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.
07/Sonnenallee, Leander Haußmann, 1999
A film about life in particular youth in East Berlin in the late 1970s. The Sonnenallee is an actual street in Berlin that was intersected by the border between East and West during the time of the Berlin Wall.