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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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Reorchestrating History

Reorchestrating History

Transforming The Danube Exodus into a Database Documentary

(p.235) 14 Reorchestrating History
Cinema's Alchemist

Marsha Kinder

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the expanded adaptation of the sixty-minute film The Danube Exodus. In 2000, the Labyrinth Project collaborated with Péter Forgács to turn his sixty-minute film into a large-scale, multiscreen immersive installation. The film provided intriguing narrative material: a network of compelling stories, a Central European setting full of rich historical associations, and a hypnotic musical score that created a mesmerizing tone. Both the film and the installation still present the same transnational narrative that interweaves three stories: those of German farmers, Jewish refugees, and a Hungarian river captain. The adaptation called for a reorchestration of history—in some ways similar to the one Forgács had earlier performed on the original found footage of the captain.

Keywords:   adaptation, film, The Danube Exodus, Péter Forgács, installation, stories, narrative, Jewish refugees, history

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