Film Info: Tag des Malers, Der

Day of the Painter, The (Tag des Malers, Der)

Day of the Painter, The

The painter gazes at his female model, or how voyeurism is transformed into culture. An erotic adventure film where the theme is the viewer himself. The Day of the Painter shows what La belle noiseuse does not want to show: the enclosed 'Unknown Masterpiece'. It is a walk through the picture world of the painter that directs the gaze to the unveiled female model. Associations with the picture world of Duerer, Marey, Matisse, Seurat, to the 'Origin of the World' by Courbet, to 'L'étant donnés' by Duchamp and to many other works of art can be called up and are actually intended. The Day Of The Painter amalgamates the artistic expressive possibilities of painting, video and computer images as film. Unusual ways of showing make the film an adventure film for the viewer's gaze. The art of painting melts into the film". Werner Nekes


Werner Nekes was born in Erfurt in 1944 and has made some 100 films since 1965. He has held professorships in Film and Media Art in Hamburg, Offenbach, Wuppertal and Cologne and has brought together one of the most important private collections on the beginnings and early history of cinema. He has received numerous national and international honors for his films, which include: juem-juem (1967), Kelek (1968), T-WO-MEN (1972), Makimono (1974), Amalgam I-IV (1974), Lagado (1977), Mirador (1978), Hurrican (1979), Beuys (1981), Uliisses (1982), Film Before Film (Was geschah wirklich zwischen den Bildern?, 1986), MEDIA MAGICA II-VI (1996), and The Day of the Painter (Der Tag des Malers, 1997).
Category Feature
Director Werner Nekes
Screenplay Werner Nekes
Cinematography Werner Nekes
Werner Nekes
Anthony Moore
Cast Kirsten Dressler, Heide Jansen, Maria Masciulli, Judith Verbene
Producers Werner Nekes, Ursula Richert
Production Company Werner Nekes Filmproduktion/Muehlheim
Length 84 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian
Sound Technology Mono, Optical
Festivals Venice 1997
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmbuero NW

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