This chapter provides an in-depth interview with Péter Forgács about filmmaking. Through his series of videos, Forgács dedicates himself to the retrieval of home movies and amateur films made in Europe from the 1930s to the 1950s and to recycling these films into memorable excursions into moments and places not available in official histories of this momentous era. While home movies and amateur films exemplify general historical developments or the human condition, Forgács does considerable research into the particular films he works with so he can provide specific information about nonprofessional filmmakers and about the family members and friends recorded in the imagery. The resulting films create very unusual experiences during which we are able to experience, seemingly from the inside, the real lives of families not our own.
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