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Cinema's AlchemistThe Films of Péter Forgács$
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Bill Nichols and Michael Renov

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816648740

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816648740.001.0001

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Péter Forgács

Péter Forgács

An Interview

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Péter Forgács
Source:
Cinema's Alchemist
Author(s):

Scott Macdonald

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816648740.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   Péter Forgács, filmmaking, home movies, amateur films, Europe, human condition, experiences, families

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