Films byTexts by Peter Watkins
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Peter Watkins, 1974, 174’

Late 19th century in Norway. Edvard Munch is a promising young painter but he is also a man tormented by his love dramas, the fear of falling ill and tapped by an idea: to be recognized at the height of his talent.

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5.02.2020

De verklaring die hierna volgt is gewijd aan de taalvorm van de audiovisuele massamedia – dat wil zeggen, het gebruik door de MAVM (Mass Audio-Visual Media) van een repetitieve, gestandaardiseerde structuur en een ingekorte tijd en ruimte, om zo de toeschouwer te controleren. Ik concentreer me op dit weinig bediscussieerde aspect van de media omdat het een essentiële rol heeft gespeeld in de ontwikkeling van de narratieve structuur die al van kracht is en wordt afgedwongen sinds de geboorte van cinema.

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5.02.2020

The following statement is concerned with the language form of the mass audiovisual media – i.e., the use by the MAVM of a repetitive, standardized structure, and abbreviated time and space, to control the audience. I am concentrating on this little debated aspect of the media, because it has played an essential role in developing the narrative structure which has been in place, and enforced, since the birth of the cinema.

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Peter Watkins, 1971, 91’

1970. THE WAR in Vietnam is escalating. President Nixon has decided on a secret bombing campaign of Cambodia. There is massive public protest in the United States and elsewhere.

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Peter Watkins, 2000, 345’

 

“Some filmmakers say “this is my work and I want it to stay that way”. That is their right, and we respect that right. Those are the films we don’t buy, and those are the films we don’t transmit.”

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The Journey
Peter Watkins, 1987, 873’

“The 14½ hours of The Journey are organized into an immense filmic weave that includes candid discussions with ‘ordinary people’ from many countries; community dramatizations; a variety of forms of deconstructive analysis of conventional media practices; presentations of art works by oth