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Bebuquin - Rendezvous mit Carl Einstein, Der

Bebuquin - Rendezvous mit Carl Einstein, Der

Carl Einstein (1885-1940) was one of the most colourful great minds between the World Wars. The first to understand Cubism as a movement, he was a well-known and influential art critic and theorist in his own day. Among many other groundbreaking efforts, his 'Negro Sculpture' (1915) was a pioneering work of art theory. It was the first in Europe to recognize the validity of African art. His true aspirations, however, were focused on literature, and he laboured to create something on the level of Bebuquin all his life, calling his work in progress, 'Beb II.' "I have to create a lawful but different art," he said, "or I'll fail my purpose in life . I'd only be a journalist, which is tantamount to suicide." Politically engaged and Jewish, both he and his literary reputation fell victim to the Holocaust.
Scenes from Carl Einstein's anti-novel 'Bebuquin or the Dilettantes of Wonder' (1909) are interwoven with thoughts and situations from the author's life. Played by Hanns Zischler, Bebuquin is Carl Einstein - Carl Einstein is Bebuquin. Wandering in an empty and lethargic world, Bebuquin is one seeking the "wonder". The film is a fragmentary montage of art and life, depicting the ironic and grotesque, as well as tragic situations.


Lilo Mangelsdorff was born in Frankfurt. She studied Educational Science, Psychology and Visual Communication, followed by work as an editor for TV and private studios and managed a television production studio. From 1992 to 1995, she was assistant professor in video and interactive media at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne. In 1983, she founded Cinetix, a media arts company for media productions, web projects, interactive installations, videos and films. Her films include: Zwischen zwei Staedten (1984), Viva avis (1985), Das sind wir (1995), and Happy and ... (1989), and Der Bebuquin - Rendezvous mit Carl Einstein (2000).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Lilo Mangelsdorff
Screenplay Lilo Mangelsdorff
Cinematography Sophie Maintigneux
Lilo Mangelsdorff
Marek Goldowski
Cast Hanns Zischler, Andreas Wellano, Connie Webs
Producer Lilo Mangelsdorff
Production Company Cinetix Medien und Interface, Cologne
Length 80 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, hr-Filmfoerderung

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