Sex in the City^W Cinema


If you are a moviegoing person, you might have found out already that Austria is not a movie-loving country. Not only is it fairly expensive to watch a film in a movie theater, but you have to pull outrageous stunts to find movies in their original version (try non-english versions!) in Vienna. Plus, every movie shown here is released half a year later than anywhere else in the world, whyever that is.

While Hollywood Blockbusters are treated like dirt in Vienna, there are some initiatives that are really worth the while of people who like to look deeper. The Filmmuseum is one, the Filmarchiv Austria another of those wonderful institutions. Especially the latter keeps on surprising me. They run retrospectives or themed cycles of films, often rarities or films you just can’t get your hands on normally. One of the next things coming up in the Filmarchiv is the ‘Sex is Cinema’ cycle airing in the Metro Kino in Johannesgasse from the 10th of March to the 4th of April. Especially the 20ies were rich in films with erotic or sexual undertones, disguised as so-called ‘educational films’, but also in the 30ies and all through the 50ies films with erotic motives made the tabloid headlines and were a sure bet for scandal (think ‘Die Suenderin’ from 1950, where the naked back of Hildegard Knef enraged and enthralled german men):

Brilliant gems such as ‘Anders als die Anderen‘, a silent film about Homosexuality in the 20ies or ‘Die freudlose Gasse‘, a 1925 film by G.W. Pabst about Vienna’s underworld will be shown. Of course classics such as ‘Der blaue Engel‘ with Marlene Dietrich or ‘Sodom und Gomorrha‘ which was filmed in Vienna are also a part of the program. I recommend looking through the Timetable and pick out a couple of things. They even have the two versions of ‘Maedchen in Uniform’! (The first one with Hertha Thiele is allegedly more kinky than the second version in which Romy Schneider plays Manuela) I’m so thrilled, I can’t begin to tell you all…

10 Comments so far

  1. daniela (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    have i told you, that you rock?
    i was trying to figure out what movies to watch when a friend of mine arrives in vienna.
    now i definetely have something to look forward to.

  2. richard (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

    While Hollywood Blockbusters are treated like dirt in Vienna […]

    What do you mean? Not enough blockbusters or not enough original versions of blockbusters? Or both?

  3. tina (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

    Way too expensive and way too late. Have you ever wondered about the movies the world talks about that you aren’t able to see in the movie theatres?

  4. luc (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 4:58 pm

    ye! cool tips indeed

  5. richard (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

    Ah, alright, I get it. But from my experience in the US, ticket and beverage prices sky-rocketing is an international phenomenon.

  6. melancolia (unregistered) on March 9th, 2006 @ 8:58 am

    i guess, one has to take consider the amount of time translating, editing and dubbing the film’s narration. of course it makes a difference if you just release the original version and don’t bother to do all these things. hence, the lateness of it all.

  7. tina (unregistered) on March 9th, 2006 @ 9:41 am

    Please tell me then why films are released in Germany months before they are released in Austria? Take ‘Inside Deep Throat’, for example. This documentary about ‘Deep Throat’ has been showing in Germany already, last summer I believe. How is it that only now it’s going to be shown here?

  8. melancolia (unregistered) on March 9th, 2006 @ 10:55 pm

    you cannot take into account each and every single film. generally, it is noticeable that films released in original version are usually available in german-speaking cinemas in Vienna as well. there might be reasons Austria is not their prime target audience. could be the population of audience which is interested on the film?
    for example, the film adaptation of Rent can be seen in Germany in April already. But like I have said they will only release it in Austria in June.
    Germany, no doubt and if you’ll excuse me, is still the centre of it all.

  9. melancolia (unregistered) on March 9th, 2006 @ 11:04 pm

    ugh, am sleepy, “interested in”.
    what i mean centre of it all is the marketing strategy, etc.

  10. nex (unregistered) on March 13th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    tina, it’s because there have to be delays of some sort in order to make better use of a limited number of copies. you can’t make an individual copy for every little theatre. there’s more money to be made in germany, so they get the films first.

    this will change when movies are distributed digitally. unfortunately there are pretty much no digital projectors in vienna yet. looks like this will take years, as the currently available (and affordable) projectors are being criticised by theatre owners for lacking image quality.

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