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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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The Trace

The Trace

Framing the Presence of the Past in Free Fall

(p.119) 7 The Trace
Cinema's Alchemist

Malin Wahlberg

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides an overview of the amateur film Free Fall. Free Fall is based on the work of Hungarian and Jewish amateur filmmaker György Petö, who documented his life with family and friends between 1937 and 1945. This film shows the everyday life of a Jewish family at a point when the Nazi Endlösung still would have seemed a monstrous fantasy. Free Fall, ninth in the Private Hungary series, deals with the Hungarian Holocaust and appeals to our empathy with an individual microlevel of history while simultaneously challenging any reduction of the narrative into enclosed drama. The process of animation and rhythmic structuring in Free Fall is achieved by an efficient work of voice, music, and sound effects.

Keywords:   amateur film, Free Fall, György Petö, Jewish family, Nazi, Private Hungary, history, narrative, music, sound effects

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